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In Case You Missed It WOYM: Students share how to avoid being a victim of violence and crime pg. 3

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Xavier University Of Louisiana

Established in 1925

Ruby Bridges endured racial epithets, hatred By Brittany Rhea Staff Writer

The story of Ruby Bridges’ life poured into Xavier University’s UC ballroom as news footage from the 1960s hypnotized the audience. Ruby Bridges, who today goes by Bridges-Hall, stood behind a lectern emblazoned with Xavier’s seal and delivered her message on Feb. 24:

Ruby Bridges at age 6.

“Racism is a grown-ups’ disease. Let’s stop using kids to spread it. It is dangerous to take and pass it on to kids.” It was a fitting way to mark the end of Black History Month—and the beginning of March, which is Women’s History Month. A recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, BridgesHall explained what it was like to be the first black child in the country to integrate an all-white school. Bridges-Hall walked students through her struggles, past the raging crowds and into the New Orleans school in 1960. A spell of silence encompassed the entire room as the details spilled out in an energetic flow. “I Was Not Afraid” Then 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, dressed in her baby doll dress, strapped black patent leather Mary Janes,

and a great crowd of tight fists punching the air, dreadful shouts, piercing screams and horrific cries. The child did not know what was going on. “I must be in a parade,” she thought. “Today must be Mardi Gras.” It was not. Strangely, through a child’s innocence, she says: “I was not afraid.” A. MERCADEL “Walk straight ahead, do not Ruby Bridges-Hall visits Xavier to share her childhood story. look back,” the marshals told Upon arriving, there her. “We are here to protect crisp white bow atop her hair, book satchel to her side, were barricades, police on you.” caught the nation's attention horseback and motorcycles, See BRIDGES, pg. 5 when she became William Frantz Elementary’s first black student in 1960. Of 140 students tested to integrate allwhite schools, she was one among six girls to pass the test in New Orleans. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, President John F. Kennedy ordered federal marshals to drive Bridges and her mother to William Frantz for her first day of school. Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We Live With” depicts Ruby Bridges.

Amid struggle, Fitch finds ‘Victory in Jesus’ By Maya Jones Sports Editor Stage 3 lung cancer. The diagnoses in March 2008 came unexpectedly. With only an eight percent survival rate with this type of cancer, Dwight Fitch knew this would be a true test of faith. “All of a sudden when they tell you you have lung cancer that means you have a possibility to die,” Fitch said.

“It is a grand awakening and all of a sudden you make a decision, am I going to fight this? Or is it past the point I can’t do anything?” Fitch decided to fight. Three years later, Fitch still serves as Xavier’s music minister, playing the piano, singing and giving praise every Sunday at Mass in the chapel. Fitch, The Fighter, Emerges Recovering from the reality of his diagnoses, Fitch began

homeopathic treatments of oxygen and intravenous vitamin C. He refused chemotherapy, which is the most common method of fighting cancer. Fitch continued to work while being treated. “I wanted to come to work and I wanted to kind of keep going. I thought if I would keep going that would aid in my healing, so I said that was a decision I was going to fight.” See FITCH, pg. 4

Dwight Fitch, fought, beat lung cancer.


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CAMPUS BRIEFS Workshop will explore Jazz music’s African roots Courtesy of Media Relations Compiled by Ariel Johnson

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Xavier will host the National Players’ Tour 62 performance of its new production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (TUESDAY) March 15 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. For more info contact Dr. Pamela Franco at 520-7462. Red Cross Mardi Gras Bead Recycling Drive The Red Cross at Xavier is collecting Mardi Gras Beads for the Arc of Greater New Orleans until WEDNESDAY (March 16). Arc's recycled bead program employs individuals to separate and sort beads that are resold to parade-riders. The main goals are reducing the amount of non-biodegradable waste in the landfills and providing employment for adults with disabilities. Receptacles are in every dorm, on the first floor of Xavier South, and on the first floor of the University Center. For more info email Max. or call Christy Lagarde at 520-5132. ACT Brown Bag Xavier's ACT (Across Curriculum Thinking) Program will hold its third Brown Bag of the semester WEDNESDAY (March 16) at noon in the University Center Ballroom. Iris Brown Carter and Mariko Toyoji from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will discuss "Environmental Justice: Stories from the Fenceline and Beyond." All members of XU community are cordially invited. For more info contact Dr. Shamsul Huda, Director of ACT, at 520-7406. Commencement Regalia Rentals Available All XU faculty/staff who participate in Commencement are reminded that now is the time to place orders for your graduation rental regalia. For more info, contact Wanda Parker Doss at 520-7501. Get Ready for NAC! The Office of Technology Administration is completing a major network upgrade at the end of this month that will impact all users. The new Network Access Control (NAC) will strengthen

our XULA network security, with implementation scheduled for the week of March 21. NAC will add another layer of authentication requiring one additional log-in, but using the same credentials that we presently use to log in to our desktops or laptops. Phi Alpha Theta Induction The History Department will hold its spring induction ceremony for Phi Alpha Theta, an international History Honors Society, on April 7. The honors society is open to all majors. Eligibility requirements are: 12 hours of history (with a 3.1 GPA) and an overall 3.0 GPA. The deadline to apply is March 24. Interested students should contact Sister Barbara Hughes at 520-7410 or bhughes@xula. edu. Opera Workshop The Xavier University Opera Workshop will present scenes from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” March 25 at 7 p.m., and March 26 at 2 p.m., both in the Administration Building Auditorium. Admission is free. Spring 2011 Student Success Workshops The Student Academic Success Office (SASO) is hosting several workshops on campus to assist all students in their search for scholarships, use of tech in the classroom, choosing summer internships and more. SSA students who missed BOOST Camp must participate in at least three of these workshops or those offered by Chemistry, the Math Lab or Reading Lab. Check with your Freshman Seminar instructor for more info. Lenten Morning of Reflection The Office of Campus Ministry will sponsor a Lenten Morning of Reflection for faculty and staff, “St. Katharine Drexel, Venerable Henriette Delille and My Spirituality,” April 2. The event starts with a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon in the University Chapel. ALL staff and faculty are invited. RSVP via email to Deacon Harold Vincent at

By Kenneth Norwood Staff Writer

Ever watched a second line in New Orleans and thought, “Who started all this jazz?”, by meaning the whole idea of the New Orleans jazz culture? Second-lining, handkerchief waving, and umbrellas all had to come from somewhere, but where? This is where Dr. Michael White, world-renowned jazz musician/historian and professor at Xavier comes in. His upcoming event, “The African Roots of New Orleans Jazz,” set for March 30 at Xavier’s University Center ballroom, will help answer many of these questions on where New Orleans Jazz traditions and music come from. The program will feature Dr. White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band, West African musician and dancer Seguenon Kone, and local percussionist Luther Gray and his African drum ensemble, Bamboula 2000. Dr. White is a historian, writer, producer, and composer of jazz music. He

teaches African American music history and Spanish here at Xavier. Musically, he is a master clarinetist, and also well-versed in other

I. JOHNSON III Dr. Michael White

instruments. White has played in over two dozen countries and has recorded 10 albums under his own name. He has also received many awards, among them the French Chevalier of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Humanities Fellowship Award, according to his personal biography. Part of his responsibilities as the Rosa and Charles Keller Endowed Chair in the

Humanities include producing an event every semester on campus that focuses on some aspect of New Orleans culture. Past event themes included the culture of the second line, Mardi Gras Indian traditions, Jazz funeral, Congo Square, and black Mardi Gras traditions of New Orleans. “I’m going to make a statement that says New Orleans jazz has a lot of transformed West African characteristics,” White said. Knowing the roots of jazz music in New Orleans is important, Dr. White believes, because “Jazz in New Orleans has many characteristics that can speak to people of any generation.” Early New Orleans's jazz is more than just music, that “there is much philosophical meaning in the music,” such as “statements about creativity, individuality, and the value of that individuality, but at the same time the value of team work and spirit, all basic, intrinsic values that we need in any field of life,” he said. The free event is sure to be entertaining and will shed light on the roots of many jazz traditions in New Orleans.

What To Do With Your Summer By Kaylin McLeod Contributing Writer Summer is quickly approaching, and while the prospect of going home for the summer sounds more than inviting to a full-time college student, it is always a good idea to check out the other opportunities that could provide you with invaluable experience. Carolyn Thomas, Director of the Office of Career Services, says, “Come and see us!” The Office of Career Services (OCS) teaches students how to write resumés, hosts mock

interviews, sponsors career fairs and organizes speakers to visit the university. There are summer opportunities for the UNCF Social Entrepreneurship Program, The Smithsonian Museum, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Goldman Sachs Business Firm, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Nascar, The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA), J.P. Morgan Chase and other sponsors for educational opportunity. “They all have internships set aside for Xavier students,” said Thomas. Thomas advises that students

must have an approved resumé (submitted to the office) and suggests, “Good grades are a plus” along with participation in extracurricular activities or leadership. Students can receive from the OCS experience in the field, guidance in selecting a major, and professional development skills to make themselves more marketable upon graduation. More importantly, Thomas advises students to take into account their online presence when applying as it can come back to haunt them. Thomas gives this last piece of advice, “Take advantage of our services. They’re free!”

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What’s on your mind? Xavier students hosted and attended a recent “house party,” where guests attacked and injured several people. The Herald asked students for their advice about ways to minimize exposure to dangerous situations.

By Brooke Adams Staff Writer “I think the best thing we can try do to is promote safe and friendly environments. We should be able to have places where people can go just to hang out. They should have more secure places for people to go and have fun. They should set aside community places where people can go to other than house parties. House parties do not have security, and they are always late with too many people. They are over crowded, and it not a safe place.” LaAisha Elliott, junior, Biology pre-med “I would personally stay at home, the reason being is because it is much safer. If you do not put yourself in those kinds of positions you will be much safer. Staying home is the only way you can avoid being affected by crime in New Orleans today.” Lawrence Jackson, junior, Biology pre-med

“To lessen the chances of me being affected by crime is being aware. You have to be aware of your surroundings as well as the people you hang out with. You have to be careful with the people you choose to be around. You have to be aware that is the main thing awareness.” Garrett Black, junior, Biology pre-med “To stop the chances of being a victim in New Orleans due to crime, we can go out and educate younger children. We should go talk to children at the boys’ and girls’ clubs, different high schools, and elementary schools. We should teach them that violence is not the answer to any problems, and that there are other ways to handle different situations.”

“One of the things that I was thinking about with campus safety is just basically getting the information out. A lot of the bad things that happen on campus are not really talked about, and we are not aware of it. People live under this false sense of security that everything is fine here. We talk about the crime, but no one really thinks it is real. I have heard about a lot of stuff that has happened, but I have never been a witness to a crime, so I have this false sense of security that I can walk to Magnolia gas station and nothing will happen. I heard about the girl that went missing, but no one ever talked about it. The only reason I heard about it was through Twitter and Facebook.” Daniel McGee, junior, Political science

“I would say just be more cautious of who you meet. When I lived off campus, I knew to be aware of my surroundings. I have to be aware of who is watching me. You have to be comfortable with people you hang with, and you have to be comfortable with letting them know where you are going.” Nichelle Cox, sophomore, Psychology pre-med

“To lessen my chances of becoming a victim of crime in New Orleans I would have to stay in a safe environment. You have to stay inside more. If I were to go out I would go out with a group of people. If people go out they need to be in a group being by yourself no one knows where you are.” Terrill Wallace, sophomore, Computer Science

“I would say stay with a big group of people. I think people need to stay away from dark alleys. People need to avoid the bad parts of New Orleans. They need to try to get back to school within a normal time. They would not have to rush, or try to find rides with people they do not know. They need to just be smart about what they choose to do. All of the things I listed is what I do, and if it works for me it should work for others.” Velecia Robinson, freshman, Chemistry pre-pharmacy

Lauren Engram, junior, Psychology pre-med “The way I would keep myself from being a victim is staying in a group. Do not go by yourself. If you are out partying do not mess with someone that you do not know. You do not what they have or what they could do. The key thing is do not go out by yourself.” Jamaan Kenner, junior, Biology pre-med

“One of the ways that I can lessen my chances of becoming a victim of crime is by doing what the Xavier police talk about. The other day they had a meeting about what you should and should not during Mardi Gras. They were telling us about some of the things that people from here are not aware of. By Xavier hosting programs they are helping us be aware of our surroundings. They are telling us what we need to do to not become victims.”

“To lessen my chances from becoming a victim I would only go to the social events that I know I will be familiar with. I would always go with a big group so we can keep an eye on one another in case something happens. I would always be alert for anything out of the ordinary. When I feel something suspicious is going on, I would leave as soon as possible. Wendy Kha, junior, Chemistry

Danyelle Campbell, freshman, Chemistry pre-pharmacy

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Fitch album proceeds benefit chapel FITCH, from pg. 1 A year later, his condition remained the same. By this time, Fitch had lost almost 100 pounds. He turned to radiation

Fitch’s ‘Victory in Jesus’ CD

in hopes that the tumors would shrink. Because the homeopathic methods were not covered by insurance, the Archdiocesan Mass Choir held a concert and proceeds were given to him. Friends, family, churches and schools continued to make donations. "It's not just the medical stuff that happens. You have to have a strong belief that you are going to be healed and that God is going to heal you. And it [happens] through your friends

and community prayer," Fitch says emphatically. Victory in Music The outpouring of love and support from the community carried Fitch through his weakest moments. To show his appreciation, Fitch and his musical family recorded a gospel CD, "Victory in Jesus," and are donating all of the proceeds to the $8 million St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Campaign. Construction is underway,

Seen Any Good Books Lately? If it seems like every movie to come out these days is based on a book, don’t be surprised. Hollywood has been turning great literature into movies from the beginning. This academic year, members of the Xavier community have been able to watch some of those classic adaptations and learn more about the books on which they were based. The Books into Film series began through a collaboration between the English Department and the Library as an means to engage our students with great literature, according to Prof. Katheryn Laborde: “To offer old films based on classic novels is to show our students what we learned long ago: this writer may no longer be around, but the story she shares is one that is timeless.” Each film is introduced by a faculty member to provide some context about the movie and the book from which it was adapted. After the show, attentive audience members have the chance to win a few prizes. Pizza and drinks are also provided. If you haven’t made it to a show, it’s not too late: there are two more this year. For more information about the series, please visit and select Books into Film from the menu.

UPCOMING SHOWS March 17 at 6:00: The Green Pastures (1936) starring Rex Ingram and based on the PulitzerPrize winning play by Marc Connelly. April 10 at 6:00: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) starring Denzel Washington and based on the novel by Walter Mosley.

and fundraising continues. The 11,000 square-foot chapel will be designed to seat up to 430 people, an upgrade from the university’s current chapel. “I was thinking we should do a CD to say thank you to all of the communities that prayed for us, all of the churches and organizations,” Fitch said. The CD is the first family album that includes his wife, Connie Fitch, sons Cory and John, and daughter Sunni Fitch Arnolie, who all have experiences in music.

Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, March 11.

Students enjoy Theo’s Pizza and the 1960 adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic The Time Machine.

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“It was fun having my children come together,” Fitch said. “That was a challenge and a lot of fun in itself to get the family together and contribute and do a CD.” Fitch hopes to develop plans for a gospel concert to raise more money for the Chapel Campaign. “Victory in Jesus” can be purchased for $10 at the Office of Campus Ministry, located on the first floor of the administration building.

From The Xavier Herald staff


editor-in-chief: STACEY A. WINDON managing editor: ARIEL JOHNSON A&E editor: CASSIE SMITH sports editor: MAYA JONES graphic design editor: HONG NGUYEN web design editor: CLINE BAILEY faculty adviser: MELINDA SHELTON business manager: LATASHA TINSON staff writers: BROOKE ADAMS, DUDLEY C. GRADY, JR., MYLINH HOANG, KENNETH NORWOOD, BRITTANY RHEA, RABIAT SARAKI, LEO CLAY photo editor: JIMMIE JOHNSON photographers: RUSTON HENRY, ALYSSA MERCADEL, MARIEL JARREAU

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The Herald is a student newspaper created by and for the students. We encourage all students to write stories, short columns, submit your professional, academic, Greek organization news, but most importantly keep us informed. Publication date Print-ready ad and copy deadline March 29 March 18 April 12 April 1

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"It is not easy for people to change once they have gotten used to living a certain way," Henry told the child BRIDGES, from pg. 1 Bridges walked up the steps of Franz Elementary and spent her first day in the principal’s office, where she and her mother watched parents traffic the halls back and forward complaining, pointing at them and yelling through the office’s window. That day, more than 500 white kids were taken out of Franz Elementary, teachers refused to teach a black child and quit outright, and staff threatened to poison her. For days, when Bridges arrived at school, she was greeted by mobs who would march around the school all day. Most of the protesters were white women, a few with their own children. Many yelled racial epithets at the

cafeteria. Ruby Bridges was the only child attending Franz Elementary. A teacher’s inspiration "Welcome. I'm your new teacher, Mrs. Henry." Bridges had never been taught by a white teacher before and could not have gotten through that year without her. Barbara Henry was different. She showed Bridges her heart. They sat in the classroom together and played games, listened to music, created art projects—all to keep her mind off of what was going on in the world outside. Henry made school fun for Bridges; together, they did everything. Henry explained integration

iconic “The Problem We Live With” painting by Norman Rockwell. There is a movie bearing her name, “Ruby Bridges.” There are countless articles and interviews and books and appearances. She is in history books that once said little about blacks. In an ironic turn, an elementary school in Alameda, Calif., was dedicated to her in 2006. But William Frantz Elementary School is shuttered in New Orleans, a victim of Hurricane Katrina and neglect. Many years and many This historic photograph shows federal marshals with Bridges. events later, Ruby Bridges it is the content of one’s is today. She chairs the Ruby Hall remains a desegregation character and not the color of Bridges Foundation, sharing pioneer in New Orleans. The one’s skin the determines a missions of faith, forgiveness, adult Ruby Bridges fully appreciation of differences, comprehends the events of person’s worth.

child, especially the hurtful “nigger.” What struck the youngster the hardest was a child-sized coffin containing a black baby doll. This vision gave her nightmares of the coffin circling her. There were no playmates for her. She sat among empty desks. All she wanted was a friend, but there was no one in sight, no one on the playground, no one in the

and why many were against it. "It is not easy for people to change once they have gotten used to living a certain way," Henry told the child. "Some of them don't know any better and they're afraid. But not everyone is like that." In an empty classroom in a once all-white elementary school in the heart of New Orleans, Mrs. Henry taught the child Ruby Bridges one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s lessons:

Still making history More than 50 years have passed since that tumultuous fall. Bridges married, became Ruby Bridges-Hall, and has four children. She graduated from Nicholls State University, then she became a travel agent, traveling across the U.S. and abroad for 15 years, until she realized there was something else she was suppose to do. This brings her to where she

tolerance, and using personal experiences to cross racial divides. When one of Henry’s students bought a book that Bridges-Hall wrote, links were re-established and Oprah Winfrey reunited Bridges and Henry in 1995. Still, after 50 years, they keep in touch. Many people recognize Bridges-Hall for what she went through as a child. She was immortalized in the

1960. For that reason, she tells audiences today—particularly students—how stopping racism begins with adults. She should know. Editor’s note: For more information about the Ruby Bridges Foundation, visit the Web site at www. rubybridgesfoundation. org or e-mail info@

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Arts & Entertainment Get chic with Garb boutique! By Rabiat Saraki Staff Writer

When someone uses the word “garb,” it usually refers to what style or kind of clothing a person is wearing. New Orleans native Antonia “Toya” Carter took the word to a new level: She named her hot, new boutique, Garb, and is attracting quite a following. Garb is the newest addition to a lineup of unique and affordable boutiques on Magazine Street. The store exudes a subtle elegance, with chandeliers and a light, serene turquoise color that gives the boutique its appeal and femininity. The boutique is set up like any other boutique, with several strategically placed racks of clothing along each wall. The clothes Garb carries mirror the owner’s taste in fashion so much that there’s a roped off area in the boutique called “Toya’s Closet,” featuring items Carter bought for her personal collection. Based on the ambiance and décor in Garb, shoppers might feel like they are shopping in a store on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. While the boutique may give off a Rodeo Drive vibe, however, the prices certainly do the opposite: The prices are affordable. They range from $49 for a pair of jeans to $50 for a dresss. The “Toya’s Closet” area, however, is priced higher because of the big name designer brands she offers. In addition to clothing, the boutique also offers a diverse selection of shoes, jewelry and handbags—all at affordable prices. Garb adds a stylish and fashionable flair to the already eclectic Magazine Street. It’s a place where one could really “earn more for their buck” because of the reasonably priced designer items. One point to consider, however, the boutique currently only carries clothes in junior and misses sizes. Garb Boutique is at 2108 Magazine St., and is open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Verbal Graffiti We’re back! This edition of Verbal Graffiti features Carissa Peters. She is pre-medicine major and became interested in poetry when she was 12 years old. Having written about a wide array of topics over the years, Carissa now details the life and times of young adults. Ladies & Gentlemen, Verbal Graffiti. By Leo Clay Staff Writer

Black Beauty Confident in how she carries herself, making the men fall to their feet. Although with them she's compatible, for their hearts she doesn't compete. She doesn't have the time, she has other responsibilities because she needs to succeed, meaning school's her highest priority. She just wants to make it no harm in that right? Besides what are the odds of a black girl from Wisconsin blowing up over night? The grind is on constantly because her mama taught in her mind lies the true beauty. A beauty so undeniable even a blind man can see, equipped with such a lovely soul, this beauty isn't just skin deep. Mother dearest, what are the mysteries of your soul? She is the provider, the nourishment for the seed to grow. The sun to her son, the light that illuminates the road map to all his successes & goals. She's the last to judge but the first one to know. Even in your darkest hours Mama can get you to glow. It's something about the spirit of a black mother, it's in her eyes and her smile, a sense of comfort knowing there's no lengths she won't go to for her child. If there's one thing she couldn't give enough of it's love. For such a beautiful black woman I have to thank the man above. By: Carissa Peters

Carissa Peters, pre-med

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Arts & Entertainment After 25 years, Oprah goes out on her OWN By Dudley C. Grady, Jr. Staff Writer

In the past 25 years, the world has witnessed the evolution of one of its most powerful people. She has crossed boundaries for African-Americans and women, and has established herself as a worldwide mogul. Oprah Gail Winfrey, T.V. host, philanthropist, actress, and pop culture icon, announced that the last episode of her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” would be in September 2011. Winfrey said midway through season 24 that “it felt right, and 25 [seasons] was the perfect number.” The show was ranked by as the most popular talk show, and has won many awards, including 10 Daytime Emmys. Although Winfrey has been successful in daytime television, and overcome obstacles in her life, will she be able to continue that trend on her OWN [Oprah Winfrey Network]? HERstory Winfrey, originally named “Orpah,” was born in Kosciusko, Miss., 76 miles northeast of Jackson. In her teenage years, members of her family, including an uncle and cousin, sexually abused Winfrey. These experiences have played a role in Oprah’s show, and have been the topics of episodes over the past 25

years. On Feb. 8, 2011, Winfrey invited guests Kellie and Kathie Henderson from Wichita, Kan., who were sexually abused by their father and brothers for decades. Winfrey has been able to translate her life experiences into platforms for other sexually abused survivors to use to tell their story. Weight Battles Though Winfrey has been consistent in providing positive self-image and self-

Oprah Winfrey’s network (OWN) launched Jan. 1.

esteem opportunities to her viewers, she has been inconsistent when it comes to building her own self-image. Since her debut, Winfrey has been very public about her personal struggles with her weight and body shape. She has stated many times that she often “eats” her way through stress. She loses weight—only to regain the pounds and inches. Thyroid disease also negatively impacted her weight. In 2009, Bob Greene, Winfrey’ personal trainer, posted an article on her website that included confessions about her weigh problems. In it, she stated that with all of her accomplishments and skills, she couldn’t believe she was still talking about her weight. She acknowledged that even as one of the most influential people in the world, she was uncomfortable with being on the cover of her own magazine, “O.” Winfrey has also use weight problems as a topic for her show. On Feb. 10, 2011, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson spoke with Winfrey about her own issues with weight, and how she has lost 80 lbs. since she started her Weight Watchers diet. She told Winfrey that she was still getting used to her new body. In that same episode, Winfrey gave every audience member three-year memberships to Weight Watchers On her OWN The Oprah Winfrey Network

launched Jan. 1, 2011, replacing Discovery Health Channel, and is owned by Discovery Communications and Harpo Productions, Winfrey’s production company. Entertainment Weekly reported that after averaging 1 million viewers the first weekend, the ratings declined significantly to less than 400,000 viewers.

Winfrey’s network faces stiff competition with networks like WE, Oxygen, and Lifetime, which all have heavily female audiences. Those declines did not seem to affect investors. reported that Discovery Communications plans to invest $50 million more into OWN programming, in addition to the $100 million already invested, and hopes to launch the network internationally. David Zaslav, the network’s CEO, is expecting the network to improve after Winfrey completes the final season of her talk show and after Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show is launched on OWN. In addition to the talk show, shows like “Master Class” will air, which features interviews with some of the world’s most admired people like Maya Angelou and Diane Sawyer. Although Winfrey’s talk show ends later this year, she clearly plans to remain in the homes of viewers around the world.

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Charge it right

By Iva Bobka Contributing Writer

“Charge it right,” are three most important words for users of credit cards. Charge cards have been around since 1920s, but it was not until the postwar time of the 1950s that credit cards really started to be used. Since then, credit cards are a big boom in many countries all over the world, but with irresponsible use charge card customers can very easily end up in debt. The problem with the credit card industry is not just credit card companies, it is the user as well. There is much evidence that proves people are bad decision-makers when it comes to how they use credit

cards; too often, they make decisions that are not in their best economic interest. After I attended a seminar, “Charge It Right,” which is part of the Money Smart series offered by the Xavier University Credit Union and the Entrepreneurship Institute, I learned to use a credit card in a way that benefits me. Credit card users have to be aware of two things. One is the fact that credit card spending is not like spending “real money,” and the second is that all users need to be informed about a particular credit card’s characteristics and all the terms connected to using that card. For example, many people often make the mistake of choosing one credit card over another because one may have the lowest introductory interest rate, which leaves them many times with higher finance charges over time— after the introductory period ends. This experience with “Charge It Right” gave me an opportunity to learn to avoid these kinds of mistakes with credit cards that so many users already make. Even if I will not remember what all the terms mean, by the time I own a credit card, I will know what to be aware of and where to look for the information I need in choosing the best credit card for me. Iva Bobkova, Junior, Business Management Major

Xavier is a family that prays together

Students gather on March 4 to pray for injured Xavier students.

By Ariel Johnson Managing Editor Students gathered in groups to sign a 24-hour fasting pledge, vowing to give up things like Twitter, Facebook, sodas, snacks, or food entirely. Starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, members of the Xavier community did without engaging or indulging in various activities to honor the Xavier students who were hurt during February. Students ended the fast at 12 p.m. on Friday March 4 with a prayer circle service led by Director of Campus Ministry Lisa McClain. Between Feb. 13-Feb. 19, three Xavier students were injured. Junior Kiara Maddox suffered a head injury, and seniors Patrick Jackson and

Stephen Williams suffered several stab wounds. Each of these students is expected to make full recoveries. The fasting pledge and prayer circle were initiatives two junior students Danielle White, a junior Chemistry major from Rowlett, TX. and Kaitlyn Gaddis a junior Speech Pathology major from New Orleans. White is the current junior class Congressperson and Gaddis serves as 2nd Lady to Miss Junior. “We thought it would be a good idea as a family to show that we believe in each other and that we love each other,” Gaddis said. In the 12-1 p.m. hour span that the banner was posted on the first floor of the U.C. it was filled with student fasting vows and best wishes. In addition to the banner signing, the class of 2012


and 2014 distributed king cake, Cold Stone ice cream and prayer ribbons as a “prefasting” kick-off. White explained that, “With this fasting movement, we hope to achieve a greater bond in our XU community and a peace and divine revelation for all students.” The following day in the 2nd floor UC lounge, students gathered in a prayer circle, led by McClain, who gave each student an opportunity to extend a special prayer. At 12 p.m. students broke their fasts with prayer as well as food and drinks sponsored by the Pan Hellenic Student Counsel and Student Government Association. “I am really excited about the turn out. It shows that we can come together as a family for a greater good,” White said.

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in case you missed it Casa Samba Performance

C.A.N Poetr y Night Herstyn Jones, junior, expresses what love means to him in his poem.

The drummers play while the singer rocks the mic.


a drum solo

Casa Samb

Samba dancers put on perfor

mance for students.

Cross-Town Classic Tailgating

Royalyn Darby and Hailey Hopkins enjoy the tailgating party.

Jasmine Wise and Yves Young prep for game.

Members of the XAB pass out noise makers and spirit items for the game.

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aisson, along with Kriste

Parents of Jasmine Ch

Photos by Ruston Henry and Alyssa Mercadel.

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2011 Crosstown Classic Snapshots

Devin Andrew shoots the ball.

Michael Harvey shoots a three-point shot. Marchelle Jones tries to keep the ball away from the Dillard opponent.

Cordell Hadnot dunks the ball.

The women huddle before the game. Paige Gauthier gets ready to pass.

Teams head to nationals

Chris Iles dribbles down the court.

The Gold Rush and GCAC champion Gold Nuggets will head to the NAIA Nationals. After beating Tougaloo in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference on March 5, the Nuggets will face Lee University in Jackson, Tenn., on March 16 in the first round of the NAIA National Championship. The Nuggets, in their 15th appearance in 17 seasons at nationals, will face Lee for the second time this season. Accomplishing its best season since 1983-84, the Gold Rush will also make an appearance at nationals after finishing second in the GCAC Tournament Championship. The Rush, making their 12th appearance at nationals, will face Evangel University on Thursday, March 17, in Kansas City, Mo.

Gabby Williams shows school spirit at the XU vs. DU game.

Photos by Alyssa Mercadel

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Health & Fitness

You are what you eat and drink By Mylinh Hoang Staff Writer

Last issue, we discussed alternatives to healthier eating. Did the nutrition facts on your favorite snacks scare you? I bet you’re more conscious about grabbing one of those bad boys now that you know it’s packed with sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates. Bad, bad, bad! Remember the crunchy, tasty, good-for-your-body fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges? Those are a few of many fruits that are filled with water, fiber, vitamins, and most importantly antioxidants. Studies show that consuming these fruits can have a glowing effect on your skin. Win-win!

It’s obvious bad eating habits can take a toll on your body, but so can drinking certain fluids. It’s not just the alcoholic drinks, but the sodas, fruit-flavored drinks, fruit juice and the infamous flavored water. Do you ever notice how drinks like juice, even soda, include words like all-natural? Made from real fruit juice? Let’s be brutally honest here. Do you really think these drinks are all-natural and made from real fruit juice? They utilize those words along with fruits like strawberry, orange or pineapple to make people think what they’re drinking is healthy. You are what you drink I’m sure you’ve heard doctors or even your family and friends tell you that you should drink eight 8-ounce

glasses of water a day. Turns out that might not be entirely true. According to Mayo Clinic, recent studies show it depends on your health, how active you are, and where you live. Let’s say you exercise several days a week, you sweat and by sweating you’re losing water, so you need to replenish you fluids by drinking more water. I notice that when I exercise, I sweat profusely and in between my workouts I consume more water because of feeling slightly dehydrated. Plus, if you’re replacing your usual intake of sugared drinks with water, then eight glasses of water a day shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t be fooled by “flavored water” that isn’t water This is one of their many tricks. I’m sure they figured

Season of firsts for Gold Rush

Zach Taylor and Hassan Abbas wait for opponent to serve.


The Gold Rush are having continued success this season, earning a victory against opponent Vanguard University in early March. This was the team’s first victory against a top-10 ranked NAIA opponent. From that victory, the Rush moved from 13th to No. 8 in the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, and are 10-5 overall. This is the highest-ranking tennis team since the women’s basketball team in 2005. The Rush will face Loyola at the UNO Tennis Center in their next match on March 25 at 3:30 p.m. The Gold Nuggets ranked 24th in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This is the 44th time the Nuggets have made it to the top 25 since 2004. The Nuggets will compete against Rutgers at City Park Tennis Center on March 16 at 3 p.m.

by now, most of America is on a “lose it” lifestyle so what better way to accommodate your new lifestyle then to pull you into thinking “oh, it says natural and it says water. It must be healthy.” NOT. The mass amount of sodium is going to slowly kill your diet and your workouts will be a waste of time. The flavored waters can cause you to become thirstier, thereby leading you to consume more of the flavored water in order to quench your thirst. Vitamin Water’s Facebook page says it’s a “healthy hydration for every occasion.” Cleverly said don’t you think? Many of their products contain some vitamins and electrolytes, but some include the energy-boosting elements like taurine and guarana, which are basically caffeine, also known as a “sugar rush.”

Ways to avoid 25 pounds Interested? All it takes is one action, some will-power, and self-control. Eliminate any type of sugared drinks from your diet. Studies show that if you drink at least one can of a non-diet soft drink every day, you can gain 25-30 pounds per year. Save yourself from such an immense weight gain by drinking water and an occasional iced tea.

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TULANE SOCIAL WORK OPEN HOUSE Saturday, March 19 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tulane faculty, staff, current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions.

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