SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Wednesday November 30, 2011
THE EYES AND EARS OF THE STUDENTS
No. 5 Cougars Advance Blustery weather doesn’t slow Cougars The no. 5 Cougars (12-1) forced six defensive turnovers en route to a 29-14 victory over no. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene (102) in Saturday’s quarterfinal showdown, as windy and muddy conditions raged down on both teams. The win allows SXU to advance to the NAIA semi-finals for the third year in a row. But the Cougars face their toughest competition of the season Sat., Dec. 3 as they take on No. 1 Marian University. The Cougars’ only loss this season has come against Marian, after they dropped a 27-9 contest. The rematch of the two teams will take place at Vincent Health Field in Indianapolis at 12p.m. central. Check out page 12 for more coverage.
Jimmy Coy and the Cougars have been tearing the competition apart this season. Photo: SXU Athletics
Renovations to diner By Macy Zamudio News Editor Based on student feedback polls conducted by dining services, changes involving new seating and lighting will be made to the Saint Xavier University diner once the spring semester begins. “ The diner renovations include new seating. We are going to add booths, tables, and chairs to return the seated area to its stated occupancy of 500. In addition, there will be new lighting,” said Joseph Vetter, senior director of dining services. Besides the planned seating and lighting renovations, changes within the dining service area are also in the works. “ The plan also calls for opening the service area to allow for a better flow at the stations and additional equipment to allow us to prepare more items to order. This will include a new deli counter and salad bar,” said Vetter. Construction in the diner is set to occur in a few weeks.
“The renovations will start at the end of the semester and be complete prior to the start of spring semester,” Vetter said. While the changes may seem sudden to some, the decision to renovate the diner was planned since the previous semester and was made based on what the SXU community wanted. “By doing surveys in February, customers made it clear that they wanted a more student friendly dining environment. They wanted more made to order choices and the diner is the area on campus that is the most popular, so it makes sense to improve it,” said Vetter. There are high hopes that the scheduled renovations will benefit the SXU community. Ve t t e r e x p r e s s e d h i s enthusiasm for the upcoming changes and said, “I’m confident that the students will love the changes. It gives both the residents and commuter students a community space where they can be comfortable for grabbing a meal, studying, or socializing.”
RHA works with UHS at resolving resident concerns New policy for By Ruby Venus Senior News Editor The Residence Housing Association (RHA), which has been working throughout the school year to help better the residence hall experience at Saint Xavier University, held an open forum on Nov. 17 in the Andrew Conference Center (ACC). “This semester’s open forum drew a crowd of 36 residents, which is a pretty good turnout as compared to previous years,” said Amber Prskalo, RHA president and sophomore communication sciences and disorders major. RHA takes the issues that residents find pressing and bring it to the attention of the administration to try and bring about change. The topics discussed at the open forum revolved around Chartwell’s, the university’s dining service. “ The director of Dining Services, Joe Vetter, was there as well as representatives from d i f fe r e n t s t u d e n t - c e n t e r e d departments, including: John Pelrine, vice president of Student Affairs; Eileen Doherty, Dean of Students; Linda Moreno, director of Auxillary Services; Katy Thompson, Associate Dean of Students and director of Residence
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Regina Hall residents converse about the Figaro’s space. Photo: The Xavierite
Life; as well as two dining services employees and the head chef,” said Prskalo. The main discussion at the forum focused on the price of food at the university, the transformation of the diner that is to take place over winter break, food options available at campus eateries, the reasons for choosing Starbucks and Subway as food venues on campus, and any comments or questions students may have. “At the open forum, Joe Vetter discussed how students usually compare Chartwell’s to stores like Jewel-Osco when they should really compare it to 7-Eleven,” said Jessica Munoz, RHA vice president and sophomore biology/pre-med major.
The necessity of adding a small additional percentage to the cost of items in order to offset the cost of running food venues was discussed at the forum. This led into the discussion of why Figaro’s would be closed at the end of this semester. “There was no profit being made out of Figaro’s,” said Prskalo. “Commuters were not going to Figaro’s and only certain residents went there.” Vetter presented graphic data breaking down which eateries were most used, showing that the diner was most frequented by the university student population. In seeing this trend, Vetter then introduced the need for a
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transformation of the diner space to accommodate more people. Munoz said, “The head of dining services talked about how they would expand the seating range from 300 seats to over 500, during the upcoming winter break.” Following the open forum, RHA met with the University Housing Staff (UHS), comprised of Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Peer Ministers (RPMs) to discuss the issues being raised by the residents in the halls. “RHA is trying to be more active with making decisions concerning the residents’ needs,” said Rae Joyce Baguilat, Assistant Director of Residence Education and an RHA advisor. “It’s always a good idea for the UHS to know RHA members as UHS members are expected to enforce policy. By knowing who members of RHA are, RAs and RPMs are able to tell residents that there is an association that can help them voice their concerns and communicate them to administration.” RHA has successfully accomplished an open forum, drawing a larger turnout than in previous years; a Halloween Bash that brought out over 200 students to the event. RHA >
Basic Skills Test
By Macy Zamudio News Editor Due to poor test results experienced statewide, the Illinois State Board of Education is issuing a new policy on the basic skills test—a test required by students majoring in education to pass in order to obtain their teacher certification. The revised basic skills test will be available to take beginning February 2012. Besides the changes made in the test, the exam will also be converted to computer-based testing rather than its original paper-based method, which will only be continued until the end of April. Larr y Sondler, director of teacher education and a certification officer of the School of Education at Saint Xavier University, explained why the upcoming changes were being issued. “In September, the state changed the cut scores on the basic skills test. Instead of 70 to 80 percent of students passing, only SKILLS >
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Black & Blue Shoppers on Black Friday By Ruby Venus Senior News Editor
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The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is one that is used to predict the state of the economy for the holiday season. This year, amidst the rise in unemployment rates and the decline in the fiscal state of the nation, the National Retail Federation has declared that this year’s Black Friday sales are up 9.1 percent from that of last year. According to Fox News, “152 million people are expected hit the stores this Black Friday.” While many camp out on Thanksgiving day to catch door buster deals on electronics or usually high priced items, The Huffington Post reported that most consumers were shopping for the basic necessities. The Huffington Post stated that shoppers “rushed into stores for more basic necessities—the $4.47 baby clothes and $1.28 towels that have become increasingly difficult for low-income Americans to afford.” While people seem to be going for the basic essentials, there are still those who fight tooth and nail for the big ticket items such as game consoles, laptop computers, flat screen televisions and the such. The chaos that arises during these one-day sales reaches such violent levels that reports of people being trampled, shot, or pepper sprayed in the face have caused a
media frenzy. “It’s always happened, and it’s always going to happen. People see a one-day sale and think its going to disappear the next day. Pepper spray and shooting people is crazy. Saving $10 on one thing is not worth going out to get trampled. I prefer shopping on Cyber Monday anyway,” said Luci Farrell, a senior organizational communications major. Fox News reported that several incidents nationwide took place at shopping locations such as Walmart, Macy’s, and Best Buy. Ashlee St. Peter, a freshman accounting student said, “I think it’s crazy how people injure others just to get a good deal on a product. They actually have some of the same deals online, so if I do get anything I’ll order it online so I avoid the chaos.” Gunfire in North Carolina, cat fights in New York, a grandfather attempting to lift his grandchild above a crowd tackled to the ground by police in Arizona, and the story of a woman using pepper spray on other shoppers in California. A woman shopper in a Los Angeles Walmart used pepper spray on 20 other Black Friday shoppers to get a leg up on an XBOX gaming console. “I think that’s taking it way to far,” said Brittany Tallman, a freshman nursing student. “If they want something really bad they should show up before everyone else. The Target I go to has rules and a system to letting people in.”
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Saint Xavier University students, like other consumers around the nation like to take part in the thrill of the one-day sales. “I went for the awesome deals stores give and it’s fun shopping in the early hours of the morning. I think the craziness is part of the fun of it all, but the injuries and fights it can cause can totally be avoided,” said Jeanine Sinople, a junior communication sciences and disorders major. Other students felt that Black Friday shopping was too crowded and chaotic to go out. “No, I did not go out Black Friday shopping,” said Bridget Sheehy, a sophomore nursing student. “I just am not really interested in big crowds and getting up that early. It’s kind of pointless to me.” Fights erupting over arguments about being able to get the last big ticket electronic, or people rushing in and trampling over others is a disturbing image to imagine. “Using pepper spray as a tactic to get a $10 discount is ridiculous,” said Farrell. “You can always shop online and get about the same deal as you would without spending the entire holiday cooped up in a line or camping out in front of a store just to risk not even being able to get what you were hoping to.” While shoppers did end up reaching the projected sales numbers stores hoped for, they also threw caution to the wind as they fought to get the best deals.
World Bits • A man in France has recently been charged with murdering his son, Bastien, by throwing him in the washing machine. The boy, 3, was reportedly being disciplined for throwing a classmate’s drawing into a toilet at nursery school. Bastien’s fiveyear-old sister, Maud, has said that her father would often lock the boy inside for two hours to punish him. www.huffingtonpost.com • Sudan has ordered the expulsion of President Omar al-Bashir after a Kenyan judge issued a warrant for his arrest, according to Sudan’s foreign ministry. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur. www.bbc.co.uk • Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s daughter recently died of colon cancer at 85. Lana Peters was a best-selling author whose defection during the Cold War to the West in 1967 embarrassed the ruling communists. Associated Press • Illinois couples in civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns, said Equality Illinois, a statewide gay rights group. www.chicagotribune.com
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
SXU Celebrates Founders’ Day
By Ruby Venus Senior News Editor In celebration of those who founded Saint Xavier University decades ago, SXU will be hosting its annual Founders’ Day on Fri., Nov. 2. “Founders’ Day celebrates the founders of Saint Xavier, both the Sisters of Mercy and other historic figures and the foundational role of liberal arts and sciences in our curriculum,” said Sr. Joy Clough, director of the Office for University Mission and Heritage. The December celebration commemorates the university’s namesakes, Saint Francis Xavier and Mother Frances Xavier Warde. In addition to this, the celebration of Founders’ Day recalls the legacy of the university’s many founders and renews its commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Mother Frances Xavier Warde was a Sister of Mercy who led five other Sisters of Mercy to Chicago to start educational institutions in the area, beginning with Saint Xavier Academy. It is historically noted that the SKILLS >
25 to 30 percent were passing the test statewide. The state was experiencing a very low passing rate even at universities such as the University of Chicago and Northwestern. It seemed like the test was too hard for those taking it. The deans of education across Illinois recommended that the state board address the difficulty level of the test,” said Sondler. Two of the major changes being made towards the basic skills test include the addition of 10 items to each of the test’s three multiple-choice sections—reading, language arts, and mathematics— as well as the addition of problems dealing with probability in the math portion. The basic skills test is traditionally done by students during their sophomore year. Passing the exam is a prerequisite in order to gain admission into the university’s School of Education. While several students were originally enrolled in SXU’s education program, many of them dropped out of the program due to difficulty experienced with the exam. The revised basic skills test, however, will give students a new opportunity to achieve their RHA >
The association is still working to address issues concerning what will be done to the space currently occupied by Figaro’s, the tables and booths that are currently in the diner, Morris and McArthy Halls’ lounge spaces, and whether or not to keep the phone lines active in the residence halls. These issues were the focal points of the RHA and UHS collaborative meeting that took place on Nov. 21. “I thought it was a great idea for the two organizations to collaborate,” said Hillary Hardesty,
celebration occurs every December as close as possible to Dec. 3, as this is St. Francis Xavier’s feast day. “This year, we are celebrating Founder’s Day on Dec. 2, as the actual feast day falls on a Saturday,” said Clough. Founders’ Day will kick off with mass in the McDonough Chapel at 12p.m., where Dale Fast, the associate provost and professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences will deliver the spiritual reflection. “This mass is considered to be a special mass because we will feature the Campus Ministry Chapel Choir Ensemble as well as a guest speaker from within the university,” said Clough. Following the Eucharistic celebration at 3:30p.m., another set of presentations are scheduled to take place at the McDonough Chapel. Sr. Joy will be presenting on the life of Sr. Betty Barrett, a former president of the university from 1963-1968. Clough said, “The work she did in her post as president of the university is foundational to the
teacher certification. Sondler explained how those who have failed the previous exam will benefit from the changes being made. “Students will have five more times to pass the test. Those who have previously taken the test will only have to pass the sections on the new test that they didn’t pass on the old one,” said Sondler. Sondler strongly encouraged students who have dropped out of the education program to reconsider going back into the program to finish earning their teacher certification. “Students who have had difficulty in the basic skills test should come back into thinking of becoming teachers. For those interested, we will have test preparation courses for the basic skills test that will be offered in the first weeks of January,” said Sondler. SXU currently has 1,500 grads and undergrads enrolled in the education program. Those enrolled in the program are working to earn their initial teacher certification. For more information on the basic skills test, students may contact Larr y Sondler at the university’s School of Education in room G205 or may contact him via email at email@example.com. a sophomore nursing major. “I think UHS has a lot of valuable opinions and it was nice to be able to share those with RHA.” RHA wanted to know the input being given by residents through RA/RPM interactions. “By working together with the UHS, we can piece together both sides of the residents’ needs,” said Prskalo. RHA holds open forums at least once every semester. For any information and/or questions concerning residents or to find out about upcoming events, contact RHA at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.
university as we know it today.” Joseph Roccasalva, a senior mathematics secondary education major, will be singing A Simple Song, originally composed by Leonard Bernstein. Guest Speaker Sr. Mar y Sullivan, today’s foremost scholar on the life and legacy of Mother Catherine McAuley and the early Sisters of Mercy, will speak about the Mercy Heritage at SXU, relating its significance in both the past and future. John David Provitt, a senior music performance major, will perform Twelve Heroic Marches on the trumpet. In addition to the events set in celebrating Founders’ Day, there are three significant traditions that will occur at this year’s Founders’ Day celebration. The first is a reading of the poem ‘This Bell’. It will be read by Professor Shannon Ambrose, an English professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Next is the singing of the Heritage Litany by Ruth Hansen, associate director of Corporate, Government and Foundation
Relations. The Proclamation of SXU’s Commitment to the Liberal Arts and Sciences is to be read by Associate Dean Greg Coutts of the College of Arts and Sciences and the chair of the Music Department. “Each of these three traditions allows us to refocus on the liberal arts, which was what the university was founded upon,” said Clough. ‘This Bell’ is a poem that was written by a former professor of the university, Dr. Laurence Musgrove. “ The Heritage Litany is comprised of founding figures who are deceased but whose support from heaven we invoke,” said Clough. The proclamation commits the university and its educators to the mission of teaching the liberal arts, as was intended by the founders, The Founders’ Day celebration has been a university tradition for decades. There are records of the occasion being celebrated since the 1940s. Clough said, “Originally, the celebration was called Saint Francis
Xavier Day, but that name seemed to focus just on St. Francis Xavier and not on Mother Frances Xavier Warde and the Sisters of Mercy, who also founded the school.” The transition to calling the celebration Founders’ Day was made about ten to 11 years ago to better incorporate all of the founders associated with the university. Following the above listed events will be a reception that will be held in the Warde Academic Center Main Lobby at 4:45p.m. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the celebratory events. Because Founders’ Day is scheduled right around finals week, Sr. Joy urges students to attend at least part of the celebrations. Clough said, “Mass lasts about an hour and the following presentations last about an hour. We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to come to one or the other or both. It’s an opportunity to learn a little bit more, and celebrate a little bit more about the foundation behind the university’s history.”
Over 30 show up for adjunct teach-in
Professor Aisha Karim speaks at the adjunct teach-in. Photo: The Xavierite
By Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief Several Saint Xavier University professors recently voiced their opinions regarding the ongoing adjunct unionization topic at a teach-in—an event that organizers hoped would promote discussion and awareness. Over 30 people attended the teach-in, sponsored by SXU’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter, on Wed., Nov. 16, with the bulk of the audience being faculty members. About ten students came—a number some might say is small given the implications the dispute has on its student body, according to some professors. “Faculty unions are good for students. Professors need to feel more connected to their university or the students suffer too,” Professor of History and Political Science Peter Kirstein, addressing the crowd, said. James Kollros, an adjunct professor of history and political science, spoke at the teach-in as well and echoed similar sentiments.
“This directly affects our students; it affects everybody,” said Kollros. “[Adjuncts] need to be given an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. We’re wellqualified.” The topic of adjunct unionization has been a sensitive issue, with tensions heightened after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled last spring that SXU did not pass the “substantial religious character test,” and thus was not exempt from the NLRB’s jurisdiction. SXU is currently appealing this decision. Executive Director of Media Relations Karla Thomas was in attendance and pointed out during audience discussion that very few adjunct faculty have approached President Christine Wiseman to discuss the issue. Kirstein was quick to answer. “You don’t have to be sweet when you want a union. It’s not equivalent,” said Kirstein. Both Aisha Karim, associate professor of English and foreign languages (who also addressed the crowd), and Kirstein drew connections between the Occupy
movement and the adjunct unionization ef for ts. K arim said it is necessary for adjunct union supporters to be “savvy” for their fight while the Occupy movement is going on. Kirstein said supporters need to occupy SXU, calling attention to the Occupy movement’s history of consciousness. “I think it’s about time we occupy Saint Xavier,” Kirstein boomed. Errol Magidson, adjunct professor of psychology, Forest Perr y, assistant professor of philosophy and Robert Tapia, adjunct professor of philosophy, all talked at the teach-in. Mike Lamb, an area Illinois Education Association (IEA) coordinator, was present and spoke briefly about the legal issues abounding the unionization matter. Karim spoke of the larger picture. “It’s terrible that we live in a world where we’re debating each other instead of doing productive work,” said Aisha Karim, associate professor of English and foreign languages.
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Apathy Rampant at SXU By The Xavierite Staff Apathy. It strikes us all at times. You get that “I do not have the capability of caring” feeling. It seems that this feeling is especially prevalent at Saint Xavier for some reason. Must be something in the water. There are a lot of students on this campus that are passionate. This is evidenced by the letters to the editor in the paper this semester, as well as all of the student organizations on campus. On the other hand, for every student passionate about a cause, there are ten that walk by every diner table and flyer, it seems. The biggest complaint is that there is nothing to do on campus. Or that campus is dead on the weekends (presumably because everyone goes home on the weekends because there is nothing to do on campus). Not to call anyone out, but it is definitely true that the social life could be more vibrant on campus. However, they cannot happen if students are not proactive about it. If events have low turn out, then there will be less in the future. Which makes students upset and keeps them from going to later events. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. Students need to start taking an interest in what is going on around them and then doing something about it; positive feedback for things they like, and
calls for change about things they do not. This does not just apply to things going on on campus. As evidenced by The Xavierite’s political and face recognition polls, many students on campus spend more time learning superficial celebrity gossip than paying attention to the news that affects their daily lives. Not ever yone has to be politically inclined. However, if 100 percent of students know Justin Bieber while less than half know the Vice President of the U.S. there is something seriously wrong. We understand it is so easy and tempting to just not care. Yes, you have a lot on your mind with homework and jobs. However, being apathetic is no way to go through life. Horace Greeley said “Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.” It may seem extreme to draw parallels between those who are oblivious to the state of the nation and students who are uninvolved, but it seems likely that the former began as the latter. The bottom line is that a lot of Saint Xavier students need a wake up call that says that they need to develop some sense of passion about something in this world that is themselves. As Helen Keller once said, “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all the apathy of human beings.”
Letter to the Editor: A Reply to “Occupy Your Mind First” The editorial “Occupy Your Mind First” that appeared in the Nov. 9th issue of The Xavierite challenges the Occupy Movement and those who support it. I would like to challenge some of the many misperceptions in that editorial. In characterizing the Occupy Movement, the editorial speaks of “nonsense,” “counterproductive ideas,” and “impractical ideals.” But is it nonsensical to demand that political elections and policy decisions be determined
by the voices of a solid majority of Americans rather than the money of a wealthy, and very small, minority? Is the ideal of living in a democracy (or a republic) rather than in a plutocracy—of government being of, by, and for the people—is that ideal impractical? And what could be more counterproductive to such an ideal than permitting a very small number of people to exert control over the laws, policies, institutions, and the majority of wealth, not only
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Letter to the Editor: A Reply to ‘Otakus are not Sugoi’ Dear Xavierite news team, Hello, my name is Lisa Varley. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the founder of Saint Xavier University’s F.I.E.R.C.E. Anime Club and a veteran fan of the wildly popular Japanese movie genre. Over the past seven years, I’ve enjoyed visiting various anime conventions across the globe and meeting all sorts of interesting people, including voice actors from Cartoon Network favorites like Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist. As a favor from a passionate to a casual fan, I would like to make a couple comments. Where will you find more proud and ‘extreme’ people than at a campus fan club? After The Xavierite’s recent article “Otakus Are Not Sugoi” came to our Anime Club’s attention two weeks ago, the members and I became extremely upset. While the article was broadly aimed at over obsessive anime fans, sometimes called “otaku”, I’m certain more than one of our members possess otaku-like traits, being guilty of staying up all night reading manga comics online, dressing up as their favorite TV show character at a convention, or trying to learning Japanese phrases at some point. The article thus felt like an attack on our club, especially because our name had been published in
the article without our current president’s consent. Now everyone is entitled to their opinion and even I grow tired of people who chatter in broken Japanese. However, images chosen for the article were quite stark. If sarcasm was intended in this article’s message, it was far too coarse to be received well. In particular, I found the final line of the following passage quite shocking: “I am about to call out the extremists. Even though that doesn’t apply to anime fans, I’ll still get some forced seppuku death threats.” Seppuku is ritual disembowelment. During the 1800’s, seppuku was performed by samurai and Japanese noblemen in order to preserve one’s honor and avoid the indignity of tortured to death by their enemies. Anime does not promote jigai suicides in any way, shape, or form. Even historical themed television shows like Rurouni Kenshin have been edited to the story’s original plot to avoid showing images of samurai seppuku. I’m appalled that anyone would make such a wild joke. When comments like this are combined with lines like, “there was an advertisement reminding [anime convention] patrons to shower” and “…no single person should have to resort to [animated
porn] to get their jollies.” only feed the stigma. It’s no wonder the Average Joe associates anime fans with shut ins living in their mama’s basement. Speaking ideas gone awry, did the “remember to shower” ad in the Anime Central pamphlet resemble the one at the right? Now, I didn’t attend the convention this year, but I’d bet money that the author was referencing Anime Central’s “Got Soap” campaign. Originating from the popular “Got Milk” ads of the late 90’s, Anime Central annually offers lots soap themed souvenirs for sale and even dubbed their annual Saturday night rave dance “The Soap Bubble” after the catch phrase. To sum, the author’s words undermine the fact that watching Anime is a hobby, which everyone can enjoy. It’s a dynamic movie genre because the stories span so many age ranges and subjects; from high school drama and action, to psychological thriller and science fiction. I hope in the future, we can be more supportive of each other. As always, F.I.E.R.C.E. Anime Club’s door is always open, so please come by next semester and join us for a meeting sometime. Sincerely, Lisa Varley
Letter to the Editor: Gender is Not a Slur I was less than pleased with the snide comment in the article “Knowing all the Wrong People” in the 11/16/11 edition of The Xavierite. The author referred to Justin Bieber as “the famous female, I mean male, popstar.” This, aside from being a superfluous jab at an individual, speaks to a larger issue
of using gender/gender identity as a weapon. It uses something inherently good (female, male, et cetera) and turns it into an unnecessary slur. I urge the writers of The Xavierite to please use discretion when editorializing articles, so as not to unnecessarily offend or hurt anyone by using gender or gender
identity as a weapon. It’s also rather tasteless to emasculate a seventeen-year-old boy, even if he is in the public eye and more open to scrutiny.
in our country but in much of the rest of the world? I encourage those of you reading this letter to open your eyes to the movement for what it truly is: a community of concerned citizens joining together to promote peace and dignity for ourselves and all of our brothers and sisters. We should resist the pull of “learned helplessness,” the feeling that we can play no role
in determining how our society operates. We should refuse to feel helpless and apathetic and choose instead to be hopeful. We should, as our University mission states, learn how to “search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.”
Sincerely, Lauren Dentzman Nida M. Badawi Kayla Jacobs Jordan Hamrick Claire DiCola Mohammad Mohammad Jaclyn Salmon Annie Kelly Tony Serpico Matthew Noonan
Sincerely, Annie Kelly - junior English/ secondary education major
Letter to the Editor: Students for Life Respond to Xavierite Coverage On Oct. 26, 2011, the Students For Life student organization commenced with the “Pro-Life Chalk Day.” Using chalk as a connection to innocence, members’ drafted ProLife messages on campus sidewalks in an attempt to create a silent, yet contemplative internal discourse with the viewer. The chalk/messages were used to note the distinction between the individuals natural right to existence, liberty, and the pursuit of such which have been granted to each individual by the Creator. As an organization that utilizes demonstrations from time to time
to espouse its view, Students For Life holds the right to free speech in the highest regard. Although we avidly disagree with those of the pro-choice variety, we respect their right to speak their minds and would never make any attempt to drown their voice. It is unfortunate that the “Eyes and Ears of the Students,” The Xavierite has chosen to use what is supposed to be an objective section of their newspaper to present a negative narrative on the demonstration. By immediately labeling the actions as “anti-abortion” in the headline as well as repeatedly using the term throughout the article, the
newspaper sets the agenda for the reader. The headline could have read, “Pro-Life Messages Written on Sidewalks Sparks Discourse.” And if the journalist insists on using the term “anti-abortion” to describe a “pro-life” message, then to be fair, balanced, and objective, the “prochoice” message should be labeled as “anti-life.” The Xavierite assess the demonstration as immature, angry, uncollected, unintelligent, and ineffective. The first three can be discarded as it clearly shows the newspaper’s attempt to label a demonstration that they obviously did not attend.
What is unintelligent about making comments such as “We love babies” or stating a fact like “Abortion stops 3,500 hearts a day.” If it is immature, angr y, uncollected, and unintelligent to make such statements our use chalk as a medium, then the Xavierite by their own standards is quite hypocritical in their hard news and editorial standards. Furthermore, can The Xavierite please present the statistics by which they concluded that the demonstration was ineffective? If this is not possible, will the paper print a retraction apologizing to its readers for attempting to spin
the effectiveness of a demonstration by which they have no statistical data to prove its reasoning? Our intent as an organization was not to tell the viewer what to think, but rather to present a perspective for them to reflect on. Perhaps we did not miss the point, but rather The Xavierite was never able to see it. Moving forward, we hope that The Xavierite will strive for higher journalistic standards as well as be more objective in its analysis of all issues. God Bless, Students For Life
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It’s Not Christmas Yet, OK? By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief
It is that magical time of year again when the freshly fallen snow blankets the ground and tidings of comfort and joy fill our hearts. Unfortunately, I have already almost had my fill of the Christmas spirit because of the ignorant twits who put their decorations up right after Halloween. So I am postponing my holiday cheer in order to give these people a thorough scolding. Now, I can halfway understand why the department stores start selling Christmas stuff in October. They want to make money, and the fact that Christmas has become so commercialized (a topic for another day), forces them to get the ball rolling early. But as for Dick and Jane out in the suburbs, there is no excuse. I should not have been forced to see Rudolph the red nosed reindeer lighting up someone’s yard before Thanksgiving! Yet that is exactly what I saw. During, literally, the first week of November, I saw colored lights on someone’s house. Ok, maybe they want to put them up before the cold weather. Fine. But don’t turn them on! The person was turning them on! Even worse are the radio stations (Yeah, I’m talking to you LITE FM) which start playing
holiday music in early November. By the time Christmas finally does come around, people are ready to vomit if they hear “Frosty the Snowman” one more time. So you ask: what is these peoples’ rationale? Unfortunately, this cannot be explained rationally. In their minds, it is always a holiday, no matter what. Even in the summer, you will hear Fourth of July fireworks long before and after the Fourth of July. It is one thing if they keep their Christmas decorations inside where nobody can see them. You can put up a Christmas tree in May for all I care, as long as it isn’t visible to the outside public. But once you surround me with outdoor Christmas decorations when I’m still trying to finish my leftover Halloween candy, then I have a problem. Do not get me wrong, I love Christmas and Christmas decorations. It is one of my favorite times of the year. But it is just that—a time of the year. After all, you wouldn’t celebrate your birthday two months before the fact, so why do it with Christmas? This goes for all of the other holidays as well. People should stop jumping the gun and develop a little patience for the season. It will get here. Trust me; you will enjoy the holiday more, no matter what it is, if you wait to celebrate it when it actually occurs. By putting decorations up early, you will not only probably use
Given that the entire worldwide Occupy movement is about analyzing the relationship between power and privilege, I thought it might be worthwhile to recognize our own. Acknowledging our own privilege is the first step towards combating it and making influential and lasting change. We can’t act until we are honest with ourselves about our starting point. We should be just as angry about our own position of power as with the power of those slightly above us. A main goal of the Occupy Chicago movement is forgiveness of student debt and a major element of participants is the belief that those with student debt are part of the “99 percent” of regular folks in the United States. Not only is the fact that it takes wealth to get to college a sign of our social status, but the action of acquiring a college education is a significant way of accruing wealth later in life through expanded possibilities. Less than 30 percent of the U.S. population aged 25 years and above has a bachelor’s degree. This (generously-calculated) minority excludes a pretty big chunk of that 99 percent. Keep this in mind while considering the strong relationship between educational attainment
and income in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is 5.2 percent, while the rate for those with only a high school degree is 9.7 percent. The average weekly income for those with a bachelor’s is $1,025, but the average weekly income for those with a high school degree is $626. It seems clear that the opportunity to go to college gives us about half the unemployment expectations and twice the income
Less than 30 percent of the U.S. population aged 25 years and above has a bachelor’s degree. to look forward to. The crucial parts of anyone’s education occur well before college is even in the picture. Public schools are funded in large part by nearby property taxes. This method of funding means that higher-income areas tend to have better schools, while lower-income areas tend have worse schools. This pattern, in addition to the supposedly academic tracking system, leads to inter-generational social immobility and maintains current class and race structures, according to Maria Kefalas in her Chicago-specific book, More Than
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Karma Will Wreck You Kane McKeown Viewpoints Correspondent
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up a lot of your own holiday cheer before the actual holiday, but you will sap the cheer from someone else. The great irony, of course, is that many of the people who put their Christmas decorations up in early November start taking them down December 26 or right after New Years. This is ridiculous! As quickly as they start putting up the decorations, they take them down. The logical thing to do would be to put your decorations up two weeks before Christmas and take them down two weeks after. That way there is some balance, some middle ground. But wait, I almost forgot. As soon as Christmas ends you have to start putting up hearts for Valentine’s Day.
We are the thirty percent! By Genevieve Buthod
Just Race. Class immobility is the real reason our economic state is flawed, not the difficulty college students have in re-paying loans. While is true that all social issues are inherently connected, it is also true that going to the source of a problem is a much more effective way to fix the problem than temporarily treating its related symptoms. Education is certainly important; it has been proven time and again all over the world to be a sure-fire way to improve a nation’s economy and way of life. But it starts before the college level. It must, because so few people are allowed to reach that level. Fixing education from the bottom up is the most efficient and realistic way to solve our current economic problems. Trickle-down economics flat out fails. It’s a big part of why we’re in this mess, right? We should learn from past mistakes and realize that going from the top down, like focusing on college education before recognizing the state of Chicago’s public schools, cannot work to anyone’s advantage. A worthwhile lesson for the Occupy movement to learn is that we need to know our starting point and recognize our own privilege before we can use it to help anyone, even ourselves. Sources: Transformative Justice Law Project of IL.
Like all int angible and speculative ideas, karma is coming straight at you from every direction, threatening to distort every facet of your day and quite possible spill over into your philosophy and spirituality class essays. Now, here is a little bit of a disclaimer. I do not actually believe in karma. The idea that every action has some metaphysical reaction is as laughable to me as horoscopes and fortune cookies. But what I do believe is that the last couple months have been supremely rough for me. And since I cannot go and threaten my past self for not properly getting my organs preserved in an urn (I imagine I may have been an Egyptian slave, I guess), I have no one else to blame for my misfortunes but myself. So, it is with regret that I have decided to begin respecting this otherworldly speculation. And what better time for this revelation than the holidays? Besides Capitalist Christmas at the mall, the holiday season is supposed to be filled with good cheer and abounding love for your neighbors. And no, that does not mean getting drunk on bourbon and eggnog and hitting on your attractive neighbors. Although, I am considering proposing such a
holiday to the government soon. Anyway, I do not claim to know much about karma, but I imagine it works something like good things will happen if you do good things for others. Or rather, just do not be a jerk and karma won’t mess you up. I plan on doing just that, being a better person and all that jazz. And I suggest you, hypothetical reader, do just the same. But how? What can be done to increase your karma credit score that is not quite so taxing? How about just being kind? Say hello to people as you pass them on the sidewalk, ask them how their day is going. Call your friends and ask them how their day was. A text just does not contain the same sense of care that a phone call does. Keep in contact with your family; being in college and all, I am sure they miss you. In fact, why not make dinner for the family one night? Or breakfast, I am sure they are not picky. Do not be stingy this holiday season. Try not to ask for so much and be generous with what you give others; really put some thought and effort into it. H o p e f u l l y, c o m e n e x t semester, I will be beaming with karma power. But mostly, I am just trying to convince karma not to go Final Destination on me.
How are you preparing for finals week?
Zaheya Hasan, freshman, political science
Matt Ferguson, sophomore, communication
“Mostly I’ll just be going over notes and reviewing the book.”
“Not much. I won’t have a social life come finals week.”
Reyna Adami, freshman, nursing “Ugh, chemistry. I’ll be making lots of study guides.”
Caitlin Burns Bekta, senior, psychology “Stress out, drink caffeine. Nothing out of the normal for me.”
John O’Connell, sophomore, education “Studying my butt off, of course. And reading over notes.”
Brian Gilmore, sophomore, international business “Flashcards. I’ll be studying definitions.”
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wintertime Video Games
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The number thing to remember here is that you will be very bored. So what can you do? Well just take a look at the past month or two up until December 20th and you’ll see just about every sequel you can imagine, along with some new stuff that’s just great. So take a look at this list and go out to enjoy this year’s haul of video games! Rage is set inside a post-apocalyptic world… just like every other open world video game. This time it was an asteroid, so imagine like the one millions of years ago, just no dinosaurs. It got mainly good reviews so if you loved Fallout 3, go get this game. Batman: Arkham City sort of, sorry Marvel fans, but completely destroys that previous game. I’m all for Marvel, but this game has been rumored to be “the greatest super hero game of all time”…so get it. Battlefield 3 came out and really scared Activision. This game is a really good shooter and a break from the norm of COD. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an example of quality game designing with actual plot and hours of play (Cough COD cough). The lowest rating I saw was a 9…out of 10! Seriously, if you like open world play, this game IS your favorite. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the game made FOR people who are bored. I mean you can play this game no matter who you are, or what your mood is, you WILL enjoy it. It’s so fun and just adorably enjoyable. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is, finally, the end of the Ezio chronicle…thank god. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him as a character, but enough is enough. Give me AC3 and make it with Pirate Assassins! Or Ninjas! The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been called, by IGN’s Richard George, the “greatest Zelda game ever created. It’s the best game for the Wii and one of the finest video game accomplishments of the past ten years.” WOW. Just WOW. I mean I was excited for the new Zelda, but man, now I’m as excited as a kid in a candy store who can’t get tummy aches (that means I may quit school early to start playing). Star Wars: The Old Republic is a great game. I mean it’s Star Wars! Personally, I cannot enjoy games at my computer, but I may just give up that decision and try this game out. I love Star Wars and if I need to start playing on the laptop, fine, I’ll try. Well there you go. If you love video games as much as I do, you will never have a legit reason to be bored for over a year. You will be, but in the back of your mind, you’ll remember that you never finished that one mission, or that last bossed never got his comeuppance.
For those of you waiting a little longer to get holiday shopping done, or those who are simply completely broke, I have a few ideas to save you. These tips are for the crafty and clueless alike, so you can adjust the level of difficulty to suit yourself, or however much of a challenge you’re looking for. Take a tip from Thakoon and Proenza Schouler this past season and work with bright fabrics in a bold hair accessory. Pick up a simple plastic comb from a drugstore, and grab an old t-shirt or spare fabric lying around. Cut or tear ~12”/1”strips of fabric of contrasting colors (lime+purple; tangerine+sky blue) and double-knot two strips at the base of the comb, near the teeth. Weave both strips through the teeth of the comb, staying close to the base, and double knot again when you get to the other side. Snip off the frayed ends, and voila, you have a simple but bold trendy accessory for a friend. Another option, for the more girly among us, is a chunky pearl necklace. Hit up local thrift stores, vintage shops and estate sales to find a few different pearl strands of roughly the same length. They can be different sizes and colors, just as long as they look good together. Collect them all into one big loop, and tie one end of the loop to the other with a ribbon to act as a pretty clasp. Add a big brooch off-center in the front, if desired. The final option is a little quirkier. Find a few random objects from a dollar store or thrift store (anything from toy sports equipment to animal figurines to play instruments) and cover them each with two coats of metallic spray paint from your local hardware store. Now you have an instant chic room decoration! Give a few small themed items to suit their personality, or just one larger one for a statement piece. Happy Holidays!
Picking Up Old Hobbies After the first week of winter break, the usual case of winter boredom sets in and in drastic cases, the weird thought of going back to school actually doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Well, to help combat such mind-numbing boredom, one can always catch up in doing one’s favorite hobbies. I know that I’ll be taking advantage of this winter break by writing all the stories I’ve been dying to pen down since the beginning of the semester. Writing just for the fun of it is always a nice way to relax and still keep your mind active. Who knows? Maybe this year you’ll finally be able to finish that future best-selling novel you have saved on your laptop.
Winter Must Haves Scarves: It is a good idea to have scarves in the basic neutral colors, as well as some fun ones to mix and match. They really keep you warm, especially when it is windy. A Jacket with a hood: Hooded jackets are especially nice on windy, snowy days. There are tons of styles for both men and women; technology has come a long way so there is no need for the puffy coats of our childhoods. Mittens or Gloves: While mittens are super cute, gloves are typically more practical, especially in our increasingly digital world. There are some gloves specifically made to be touch screen compatible. Keeping your hands covered is essential in the bitterly cold winter. Winter boots: Not only do they keep your feet warm, winter snow boots have good traction that can keep you from sliding on the ice that is lurking on the sidewalk. Long sleeve shirts: although some may find it childish, putting long sleeve shirts under short sleeve shirts can not only extend your wardrobe but keeps you extra warm Thinner coats for layering: Don’t put away your fall and spring coats! You can layer these under your heavier coats for those extra cold days.
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Frostbite: Usually affecting the body’s extremities, frostbite occurs when your cells freeze and die because they fall way below normal body temperature. The first symptoms are numbness, itching or tingling, followed by a complete loss of sensation after which the body part will turn black and die. To prevent frostbites, always dress warmly, especially making sure to cover your fingers, toes, nose and ears which are the first parts to be affected. Snow Shoveling: Seemingly harmless, snow shoveling can lead to injury or death. In 2007, 118,000 people were injured shoveling snow (EHS Today). These mostly resulted from strains and sprains to the back and shoulder muscles. To help prevent these injuries, clean snow before it accumulates, and push it instead of picking it up. Also, make sure your heart is healthy. Many people have died of heart attacks while shoveling snow. Falling Icicles: In 2010, falling icicles in St. Petersburg Russia killed 5 people and injured 150 (The Telegraph). These usually fall from the tops of high rise buildings and apartments. So look up next time you walk along Chicago’s magnificent mile.
Do you have any idea what you are going to do over winter break? Besides sleep, relax, and not think about school? Eventually you will get bored, guaranteed! When that dark day occurs, here are some fun Chicago ideas to break the winter blues: Ice skating. The McCormick Tribune ice rink in Millennium Park is open from now till March 11. Admission is free and it is ten dollars to rent skates. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. You can see the ZooLights November 25-27, December 2-4, and December 9-January 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., except Christmas Eve and Day. The best part of all, it is free. There is plenty more to do in Chicago during the winter, that’s if you can stand the cold.
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This upcoming winter means one big thing…SNOW! What do most people do with snow, besides shoveling it? Creating snow forts! I’ve got 5 helpful tips to building the best defensive structure out of snow for your upcoming snowball fights. Step One: Trace out the fort’s perimeter. You need to know how much snow you have in order to figure out the design of the fort. If you have a large supply of it, then you can have the pleasure of four walls protecting you, otherwise, you may have to make do with 3 walls. Step Two: Start making snow bricks. You can make them by hand or just get a plastic tub-like object, fill the snow in it, then turn it upside down. Then Ta-Da, instant snow. Step Three: Building the Wall. Before you start building, you want to be sure to have a few people helping you out so that it becomes more efficient. This whole process is to have fun and be with friends and not to actually be physical work. While one makes the bricks, you can have another start putting together the wall. Step Four: Filling in the Gaps. When everything is set in place, you will notice that there are holes in between the bricks. Just fill them up with excess snow so that the final product will be a solid snow wall. When this is done, just flatten everything out so that you can prepare for the next step. Step Five: This final step involves buckets of water. What you need to do is douse the walls with the water so that the water will freeze over the walls to make it into an impenetrable ice fortress. While you are waiting for it to freeze over, start stocking up on snowballs so that you can have a snowball ammo cache on hand so if you get caught by surprise, you will be prepared. There you have it. This is all you need in constructing a snow fort to keep you occupied on those wintery days.
Top 5 Tropical Destinations to Get Away from the Winter Chill Winter is upon us and the cold climate that comes from living in the heart of the Midwest brings us the need to survive snow, freezing temperatures, and lack of things to do. Well, if you’re like me and hate the snow, you should plan a trip somewhere warm or more festive! I, personally, will be hitting the waves in the tropical Marianas Islands, but you can travel somewhere closer to one of the top 5 destinations that travelchannel.com suggests! Orlando – The degrees down south will surely be in the warmer temperatures. New York – The Big Apple is always filled with crazy fun things to do and is like a winter wonderland. South America – The continent below the equator is known for its crazy New Year’s celebrations! The Caribbean – Who doesn’t love the tropics?! Cool blue beaches and white sand, come on now! Hawaii – This is closest to me! It’s beautiful at this time, come by and see what the other half of the world lives like.
Here is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Holiday Tea Cakes • • • • •
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter ½ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups flour 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° F Mix butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until it is creamy. Mix in vanilla extract. Gradually mix in flour. Stir in 1½ cups of the chocolate chips. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool off. Microwave the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips in a plastic bag (in a sandwich bag like Heavy Duty) for 30 to 45 seconds. Knead it and microwave for 10 or 20 more seconds if it is not smooth yet. Cut a tiny corner from the bag and squeeze to drizzle over the cookies. Refrigerate the cookies for about 5 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Store in room temperature in an airtight container.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Americans are Wired By Grant Vargas Viewpoints Editor
We live in a very hyperactive society where doing one thing at a time does not cut it anymore. Cell phone in hand, iPod in ear, and pedal to the metal, we are constantly on the move while doing two or three tasks at a time. All this action requires a lot of energy and in America there is no shortage of options for personal energy. My preferred choice is the energy drink, Monster. I love the can designs, their variety of flavors, and their kick. Whenever I am feeling like a slug, I pay a visit to the gas station and fetch myself an elixir of choice.
I have been drinking Monster for years, and I know how to properly use it. Misuse of energy drinks has created a negative cultural view for the product and its manufacturer. In a side-by-side comparison between the classic Monster and the classic Coke, Monster has 3.37 grams of sugar per fl. oz, while Coke has 3.25 grams of sugar per fl. oz. This means both drinks are almost equally sugary if consumed in the same quantity, so the claim that energy drinks are loaded with sugar is simply a lie. Monster has 12.5 calories per fl. oz, while Coke has 11.67 calories per fl. oz, so both drinks have roughly the same potential energy stored within the fluid. Now it is the infamous energy blend that comes under fire.
Most energy drinks contain a mix of B vitamins that help increase the user’s metabolism (the converting of food into usable energy), and a variety of compounds such as taurine, caffeine, and guarana. Each compound has its own side effects, both good and bad; the exact extent of the effects is still under debate. This debate will not end anytime soon because everyone has a different sensitivity to these chemicals; thus, it is up to the user to judge how the drink affects them. If you know that you are sensitive to sugar or caffeine, do not drink these types of beverages. If you are already active and awake, do not drink these types of beverages. If you already had three energy drinks in the past 24 hours, do not
Student Commencement Speaker Announced
appropriate quantity. Energy drinks are the best friends of some of my fellow sleep-deprived students across the country because it lets them get their work done. To all the haters out there, I call to your attention the real energy drink crisis, coffee and soda. In 2008, the U.S. Census found that the average American consumes eight gallons of coffee per year and an estimated 50 gallons of carbonated drinks. That is more caffeine and sugar than anyone could possibly need, yet it is the lonely energy drinks that are demonized. We must admit that America is a country hooked on stimulants, so put down the haterade and let me drink in peace.
Farewell Kelley Editor’s note: One of The Xavierite writers is graduating this December. We wish Kelley the best of luck after college. Kelley wanted to share her thoughts on her time here at Saint Xavier.
By Carrie Schade Asst. VP Student Affairs Senior Molly Caldera will be giving this year’s student speech at the winter commencement ceremony. Molly is receiving her BA in English with minors in writing and communication. While at Saint Xavier, Molly has published in The Xavierite and OPUS. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English National Honors Society and other professional organizations. She serves as an English and creative writing tutor with the Learning Center and as a Media Services AV Manager. Molly was SXU’s Social Media Intern this past summer and has volunteered with local high school students. Molly is looking forward to the sharing her thoughts with fellow graduates and their families. Molly had the following to say about the big day: “I am so
drink another one just go to bed. It is vital to understand your body, and to know what you are putting in it because it is this misusage of energy supplements that lead to problems. The same method can be applied to anything you put in your body. If I want to hydrate, I am not going to chug a gallon of water, but rather take swigs of water over time. The human body knows what it needs to survive, and it regulates itself. When a boost of energy is needed the adrenaline gland kicks in, but that is reserved for physical activity normally. If you are falling asleep and cannot afford the time, then it is ok to have an energy drink. Energy drinks are supplements, not a main staple of the human diet. Use them only when needed and in the
By Kelley Lindsey Senior Viewpoints Editor
Molly Caldera SXU’s Student Commencement Speaker Photo: Student Affairs
excited to have been selected as the student speaker. I hope my speech is well received, but my biggest fear is that I will trip!” Molly’s speech will be a “perspective on perspectives” and is sure to be engaging to all present. Any graduating student with a record of academic achievement, service and campus involvement having a minimum GPA of 3.0 and in good disciplinary standing was invited to apply. Applications were reviewed
by a committee composed of students, faculty, staff and administrators. Excellent applications were received from a number of candidates and the committee had a difficult decision to make. Thank you to all of the students who submitted applications and for their efforts in sustaining this important student tradition. Best wishes to Molly and congratulations to all the graduates of 2011.
In the spring of 2008 when I decided I would be attending Saint Xavier, I had no idea what to expect. Three and a half years later, I have learned more than political science and mass communication. As cliché as it sounds, I have learned just as much outside the classroom as I have inside it. Friends have been lost and made. Majors have been added. Papers have been written in the wee hours of the morning. Good decisions and equally bad ones have been made. I would not change any of the things that have happened because I have learned from it all. Even the classes I did not like taught me
something, even if it was just which professors to avoid. I am extremely thankful for everyone I met at Saint Xavier, professors and students alike. I can truly say there are some amazing people in the Saint Xavier community. And of course, I must say that student media at Saint Xavier has changed my life for the better. WXAV and The Xavierite have given me training and experiences I will need for the rest of my life. Although I will be leaving Saint Xavier, I know what I have experienced here will follow me forever. Thank you all very much for reading my writing for the last three years. I wish you all the best and hope for bright futures for us all.
A Muppets Review By Janeen Wilkey Senior Features Editor Our Muppets movie Rating: 5/5 cougar paws “It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets!” It is really hard to not like the new Muppets movie. The first Muppets movie in twelve years is about a Muppet called Walter who doesn’t seem to belong anywhere, until he discovers the Muppets and becomes their number one fan. When he learns that the Muppets are no longer a big deal, Walter enlists the help of his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to try and get the Muppets back together for their glory days. There is one problem. Unless the Muppets raise enough money to save their theater, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) will destroy the building and drill for oil. There have been many Muppets movies over the years, but this one stands on its own. They even break the fourth wall, like they do in some of the old movies, which adds to the humor of the movie. All the Muppets are brought
back and the film itself plays homage to the old Muppets show and movies. One complaint is that some Muppets have to take a back seat to some of the more famous characters, like Kermit and Miss Piggy. Don’t get me wrong, I like Kermit and Piggy but wanted to see more of Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and the old guys (who are really only in the movie for two minutes). The human characters, such as Segel and Adams’ characters, do not steal too much of the story from the true stars. There are different plots within the movie, but the Muppets story stays front and center throughout the film. Like any good Muppets movie, there’s music and dancing. The songs are fun. Some that really stick out are “Life’s a Happy Song”, which is the opening and closing song. It’ll bring a smile to your face. “Pictures In My Head” was a touching song sung my Kermit as he thinks back to the Muppets’ glory days. I was so happy when the Muppets gang all started to sing “The Rainbow Connection.” While there are plenty of references to the show in the movie, this song was the cherry on top. It was the perfect reminder of why we love the Muppets. If you are looking for a comedy with heart, or if you still love the Muppets, go see this movie.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
My First Semester in the Dorms By Becki Brown Features Editor This was my first semester living on campus at St. Xavier, and it has been an interesting experience. I live with three other girls from the honors program, and we all get along very well. I’m really glad that I didn’t end up with bad roommates because I had always heard horror stories about roommates. The four of us spend quite a bit of time together, especially considering how busy all of us are. We have bonded over pumpkin carving, and playing munchkin, one of our favorite games. Living in the dorms is like a test run for real life, or so I’ve been told. You have to feed yourself, wake yourself up, and wind things to do yourself. This is very true, but honestly, if this is how real life works, then I’m a bit disappointed. Real life, I was told, would be hard. It would break you if you weren’t ready for it. Dorming is a blast, and I wouldn’t say that it’s broken me. If nothing else, it has taught me independence, only if it was just a small lesson. Last year I didn’t live on campus. I only lived a mile or two away. I still only live a small distance away, but I wanted to try to get an experience out of it. I have to admit that I like being a resident much more than I did being a commuter. Last year, I was on campus all the time, but I
still had to go home. This meant I didn’t have much time to do things on campus that weren’t related to school, improv, radio, or newspaper. It’s also a lot easier to make it to last minute meetings because I don’t have to worry about being picked up at a certain time. I’ve made so many more friends this year. Because I have been on campus for longer amounts of time, the free time that I have had, I’ve been able to make friends. Last year, I did have quite a few people that I talked to and/or hung out with, but this year, I’ve seen the number increase. If nothing else, it is because I was on campus not doing anything while they were on campus not doing anything. Also, it has really helped with studying and homework. More than likely, you will be able to find someone else in your class that lives near you that you can study with or bounce ideas off of. That’s the magic of being a resident. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with being a commuter. I enjoyed being one, but I am enjoying the extra freedom and other perks that I’ve already listed. This has been an interesting experience for me, and I hope to continue it with the same positive attitude that I’ve had so far. I look forward to see what adventures and experiences come of the rest of my years here.
My First Semester as an SXU student Brian looks back on his first semester of college
By Brian Maloney Features Contributor How many of you remember what was going through your head during your first semester here at St. Xavier? I do because this is my first semester. And, to be honest and cliché, I didn’t expect it to be like this. First, I’ll go through my negative thoughts and emotions, just to get that out of the way. For one, I miss my high school. In fact, I still call the band there “our band”. I know, how sad. I miss my friends that don’t go here. I absolutely hate the weekends. This school becomes a ghost town by 5 p.m. on Friday and dies until 7 p.m. on Sunday. It’s just depressing seeing barely anyone stay in their dorm. And the food places being closed so early? How am I supposed to eat all three meals in eight hours on the weekends? And the other places here close too early or never even opened that day. I love the pizza in the cafeteria, but my window to eat that is about three or four hours. I also am ashamed at the crowd, or lack thereof, at football games. Our team is what number? Oh, they spent most of the season as number one and on the longest winning streak since about forever? Oh okay, no I don’t want to go to the game. Does that make sense? Those games should have been packed and sold out. The lack of energy the student body has is depressing. And not just
about sports, just in general. No one seems happy; they just seem to be there. I feel as though I’m surrounded by nondangerous zombies. All I hear people say with emotion is get out while you can. Honestly, I’ve been told that. Does anyone want to change that? You get one college experience and you will regret it? That’s depressing. Have fun! Speaking of fun, the music from people who live next to me or down the hall is so loud I can’t hear my own music. And the hours people are up and yelling are ridiculous too. And the boiler (which by the way was invented over 200 years ago) makes this building resemble a hot summer day. It has honestly felt about 90 degrees in my room at one time. And the excuse is open your windows. Oh, so I have no privacy and have to listen to everyone else’s conversations and music? How about we turn the A/C back on so people don’t have trouble sleeping at night. Transitions was a waste of time. There, I just supported the entire freshman class’s opinion. Half the things we were taught were things I already knew; the other half of conversation was about things that didn’t even help me grow used to college. In fact, Transitions hindered my ability to be a better student by wasting a credit hour and making me write papers that reminded me of my grammar school religion class. I’m
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a music major and I don’t have time to waste, especially on a class that’s useless. Speaking of useless, I took ENG154 this semester. Not a big deal, might as well take an English class. But wait, I need ENG120? Why? English is English. And 154 does not count for 120? That’s ridiculous! In fact, my ENG154 class will count as a fine arts credit. I mean, you know, because I’m a music major, I just really need those fine art classes, it’s not like my major requirements are all fine arts…oh wait, they are. So yeah, that was me ranting, this is me being happy. Well, I love the people. The professors are cool too, but finding a conservative professor is like finding a needle in a hay stack. I mean I’m not saying that I’m a conservative; I just like to be exposed to varied beliefs. The band is fun, even though no one really stays for our half-time shows. Sadly, I have debated transferring more than once and I know I’m not the only one. Overall, it is fun living away from home and spending all my time with my friends or classes that actually matter toward my career. I’m not sure what to expect out of the next 3 or 4 years other than more homework, more music, less sleep, and more improv shows, but uncertainty is fun. Remember college is yours so make it that way.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
1-0 Score has Positives and Negatives for the Cougars Cougars beat Taylor 1-0, but fall 1-0 to #2 Ranked Hastings
By Brandon Swanson Sports Contributor Taylor University came into last Saturday’s game on Nov. 19 sporting a 19-1-1 record on the year, a record that would scare a lot of teams, but not the Saint Xavier University Cougars. The Cougars went into the game with a 13-8-0 record, which was a respectable record. The Cougars may have gone into the game as the underdog but this was not their first trip to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. This fact may be what ultimately helped the Cougars to victory because this was Taylor’s first appearance in Nationals. SXU, as they have done all season, showed that they have a solid defense and do not need to score early in the game. They have the confidence that their defense will keep them in the game and
then the shots will come to them. That is exactly what happened against Taylor University. Not only did the Cougars win the contest but they won a thriller in Double Overtime. The game winning goal came in the 107th minute of play and it was Senior forward Matt Klancic that scored the game winner, with the assist coming from Freshman midfielder Luis Medina. The offense ultimately got the victory for the team, but you cannot forget about the defense and the excellent goalkeeping by Sophomore Kyle Held. He had a phenomenal game as he had six saves in goal. The Cougars traveled to Orange Beach, Alabama where they took on no. 2 Hastings College. The Cougars had a very positive mindset heading into the contest and knew that it would be a close one throughout. It was a defensive game in
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Men’s Soccer Celebrates after defeating Taylor University. Photo: Tim Riethmiller
the first half as there were only 12 total shots. There were five by the Cougars and seven by the Broncos. The second half was a bit of a different story as the Cougars were outshot 12-7, and the Broncos came up with a goal in the 80th minute of the contest. You have to give a lot of credit to the Cougar goalkeeper, Held, as he came up with eight big saves on the afternoon.
Unfortunately the one that got past him was the game winner. The Cougars ended the season with a 14-9-0 record and need to hold their heads up high because they had a good run and they were competitive throughout this whole season. They will be losing some key seniors, but they have a lot of promise in their young talent.
Week 12 in the NFL wasn’t full of many surprises. The Packers remain undefeated at a ridiculous 11-0. The Bears fall to the Raiders under new quarterback Caleb Hanie, and the Kansas City Chiefs once again embarrass themselves on primetime television. Also the Patriots dismembered the “dream team” Philadelphia Eagles, even though Vince Young threw for 400 yards. Michael Vick remained on the sidellines, suffering from a rib injury. Agree with us? Disagree? Send us an e-mail at thexavierite@yahoo. com. Boom Player: Tom Brady
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Wrap Up Season
Senior Rachael Dean wins All-American, women’s team has best finish in history By Tony Gustin Sports Editor The men’s and women’s cross country teams have wrapped up their amazing season and will look ahead to next season. The entire women’s team was represented in the Nationals and Senior Matt Rychel represented the SXU men’s team at the Nationals. Senior Rachael Dean earned NAIA All-American honors again this year at the national meet in Vancouver, Washington. The Cougars finished in sixteenth place overall out of the 32 teams running at the 2011 NAIA Cross Country National Championships. It was the best finish in history for the program, beating out their rank of 20. Dean finished in twelfth overall at last year’s National’s meet, slightly better than this year’s twenty-fifth place finish. She finished with a time of 18:18 this year among 322 other
runners. Other notable finishes from the National race were Ashley Shares in 79th place with a time of 19:15. Also, Freshman Elise Prieto finished in 126th place, clocking in at a time of 19:38. Unfortunately, for the men’s team star runner Brian Corcoran wasn’t able to race due to an injury. This was very unfortunate for the men’s cross country team as Corcoran has been the lead runner for the Cougars all season long. Matt Rychel was the only runner representing the men’s cross-country team with Corcoran sidelined. Rychel finished in 143rd with a final time of 16:06. This wraps up a tremendous season for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams. They have come so far and everyone will be looking forward to them competing again next season. Each team will continue to train in the offseason and begin
(QB,NE) Brady hasn’t been consistently putting up the numbers that fantasy owners are used to seeing but in week 12 he led all scorers. We all know what Brady is capable of and he reminded the Eagles with 361 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Brady finished with a passer rating of 134.6. The Patriots have been flying under the radar this year in the shadows of Green Bay. However, if Brady is putting up stats like this, watch out. Bust Player: Ndamukong Suh Senior Rachael Dean.Photo: SXU Athletics
Senior Matt Rychel. Photo: SXU Athletics
track while cross-country is on a break. This may be the end of the cross-country season, but this is definitely not the end of SXU running. Congratulations to Rachael Dean and all of her accomplishments this season and
we here at The Xavierite wish her great luck in her future endeavors following her final cross-country season. Congratulations to the SXU Cougars Cross Country teams and all of their accomplishments this season! Everyone is looking forward to next season.
NBA Lockout Has Tentatively Ended
NBA fans have signs of optimism as it looks like the lockout has ended By Shane Kenney Sports Contributor Christmas came a month early this year for NBA fans, as it appears that the league will finally be able to end the seemingly interminable lockout. Pessimism and doubt have been the only emotions emanating from both the players and the owners for the past month, as it seemed that there likely would be no NBA season this year. But after a 15 hour negotiating session on Friday, Nov. 25, the first official meeting between the two sides since the players disbanded their union and filed an antitrust lawsuit earlier in the month, a tentative deal was reached. Under this new agreement, league revenues will be split 5050 between the owners and the players. However, this split could climb as high as 51 percent or drop as low as 49 percent should
revenues surpass or fall short of expectations. The new deal eliminates harsher penalties for taxpaying teams, which the league hopes will cause for more freedom of movement for players in the free agency pool. The NBA has a tentative plan to begin a 66-game regular season schedule on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. On this day there will be a tripleheader of games, including a re-match of last year’s NBA Championship series between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. The Boston Celtics will take on the New York Knicks, and reigning league MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls will travel to Los Angeles to square off with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Team training camps will open on Dec. 9, and free agency will also begin on that day. There are still issues that
must be worked out before the season can begin, however, so it is important for fans to remain cautiously optimistic. The owners and players must resolve a list of what have come to be known as “B-list” issues. Included in this list are the age limit, the rookie salary scale, player discipline policies, and drug testing regulations. Once these issues have been agreed upon, the two sides will each vote to ratify the agreement. A “yes” vote will be needed from 15 of the 29 team owners, as well as a simple majority from the 450 players in the NBA. The last step in the process will be to write, proofread and sign the new collective bargaining agreement. Once this happens, the lockout will officially come to an end. This is spectacular news for a league which has experienced a rise of popularity during the past
several seasons. The level of competition within the NBA is currently very high, with several teams from both the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference boasting rosters good enough to win the championship. From the East, the top four teams will most likely be the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic. The Heat lost last year’s NBA championship to the Dallas Mavericks and are hungry for another shot at the title. The Bulls, led by reigning league MVP Derrick Rose, were eliminated in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals by the Heat and are looking to extend their playoff run further this season. The Western Conference is home to top teams such as the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
(DT,DET) It’s funny that Suh doesn’t consider himself a dirty player. After what he did against the Packers, practically curb stomping one of their players he has established himself as the dirtiest player in the league. As a repeat offender he should be suspended for the rest of the season, but the agreement seems to be a two week suspension. Nobody is saying that Suh doesnt have talent, he is one of the best lineman in the game. Surprise Player: Beanie Wells
(RB,ARI) Beanie usually falls under the bust category because of his injury problems and lack of production but this week he boomed out with 228 yards and a touchdown. Sure, it’s the Ram’s defense who are notorious for giving up huge running performances but it’s still a surprise coming from Beanie. Statistics show that most owners with Beanie didn’t have him starting this week. Photos: www.nfl.com
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Cougars sitting at 7-2, nine Games into Season Women’s Basketball Team Continues to Dominate Opponents
By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The women’s basketball team continues to dominate all of their competition. They won both games over the weekend in the McKendree University tournament, in stirring fashion. On Nov. 26 the Cougars defeated Avila University with the final score of 72-48 in favor of SXU. This game put the Cougars at a record of 7-2 early on in this young season. Senior Michelle Tourtillot had a team-leading 17 points and she also added four rebounds. Freshman Suzie Broski finished with another double-digit game with 14 points. Senior Brittany Jones had ten points in this game and went 4-4 from the free throw line. Freshman Morgan Stuut continued her impressive play with another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars defeated McKendree University in the first game of the McKendree University Tournament on Nov. 25 with the final score of 66-62. The Cougar s had great production from freshman Stuut who had a double-double in this contest with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman standout Broski
Mary Kusner has stepped up as of late for the Cougs. Photo: SXU Athletics
continues her great play, as she chipped in 16 points in this game off the bench. Seniors Michelle
Tourtillot and Jones had nine points and eight points respectively. Back on Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Nov.
19 the Cougars competed in the Jackson Rotary Classic down in Jackson, Tenn. The Cougars went 1-2 in this tournament and not only lost their first two games of the season, but they also lost one of their starting seniors as well. In the first game of the tournament on Nov. 17, the Cougars defeated Bethel University in a hard-fought victory with the score being 77-60. The Cougars had a record of 4-0 after this game and started off this tournament on a high note. Senior Marissa Young had a double-double in this contest with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Tourtillot had a team-leading 19 points as well as seven rebounds. Jones had 16 points as well as nine rebounds in this game. Freshman Morgan Stuut had 15 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes of play. In the second match-up for the Cougars against Freed-Hardeman, Saint Xavier fell 69-54. This was the first loss for the season for the Cougars, and they also lost Marissa Young for 4-6 weeks with a hand injury. Senior Marissa Young was the only Cougar in double digit points in this game with 22 points as well as six rebounds. Morgan Stuut added eight points and eight rebounds, Suzie Broski and Mary
Kusner each added six points in this game as well. The Cougars fell to number two ranked Union University in the final match-up of the Jackson Rotary Classic on Nov. 19 with the final score of 74-47. This game was only the second loss of the season and the first game without Young. Stuut had a team-high 11 points in this game and she also added six rebounds. Senior Brittany Jones was the second leading scorer for the Cougars with eight points.
Morgan Stuut and Michelle Tourtillot both had oustanding performances.
The Cougars next games will take place in the Olivet Nazarene University Classic on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 against Houghton College and Harris-Stowe State College. The Dec. 2 match-up against Houghton is a 6 p.m. start and the Dec. 3 game against Harris-Stowe is a 1 p.m. game. The next home games for the Cougars are for the Saint Xavier Christmas Tournament that takes place on Dec.27, Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. Their opponents have yet to be announced. email@example.com
Recepients of the Cougar Awards! MVP: For the first time ever, The Xavierite staff chose the most valuable players for football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball. These players played excellently in their respective sport and deserve this honor of being called the most valuable player. Congratulations to all of the Cougar Award winners.
Jimmy Coy (SR, Quarterback, Football) — Threw for 3,127 yards, 31 touchdowns to go along with only nine interceptions. Also ran for 147 yards and three more touchdowns. Excellent Senior season for Coy.
Kayla Mullaney (JR, outside Hitter, Women’s Volleyball) — Led the team in kills with 394 between the regular season and postseason. Fourth on the team in digs with 258 and accounted for 448 points, which was the most on the team.
Morgan Graves (FR, Forward, Women’s Soccer) — Led the team in goals with 11 and also had five assists for SXU. Al Palar (SR, Midfielder/Forward, Men’s Soccer) — Had 9 goals and 11 assists for SXU.
Rachael Dean (SR, Women’s Cross Country) — Two First Place finishes, back-to-back All-American. Brian Corcoran (SO, Runner, Men’s Cross Country) — Five top-ten finishes as well as a top20 finish.
Clayton Fejedelem (FR, Defensive Back, Football) — In his rookie season, he had three forced fumbles, four interceptions,tied for team lead, and also one of those interceptions went for a td.
Kelli Shaffer (FR, Setter, Women’s Volleyball) — Played 108 out of 125 sets played between the regular and postseason. She was also fifth on the team in both kills with 128 and digs with 143.
Morgan Graves (FR, Forward, Women’s Soccer) — Led the team in points with 27. Luis Medina (Freshman Midfielder, Men’s Soccer) — Six goals and eight assists in his freshman year.
Elise Prieto (FR, Women’s Cross Country) — Finished in the top-10 in the CCAC Championships. Kyle Counter (Freshman, Men’s Cross Country) — Finished in the top-25 in one race.
Shane Zacker y (JR, Wide Receiver, Football)—He scored 13 touchdowns on 70 receptions for 865 yards. He also opened the season with a six catch, 188 yard game with two touchdowns against Olivet Nazarene University. Zackery earns most consistent this season.
Desiree Aramburu (JR, Setter, Women’s Volleyball) — Led the team in assists with 802 out of 1479 and was tied for second on the team with 279 digs. Time and time again, Aramburu has played consistently well for the Cougars. She’ll provide senior leadership.
Ashley Shugar (SR, Goal Keeper, Women’s Soccer) — She started 15 out of 17 games and had a team leading 97 saves. Ky l e B r e i t e n b a c h ( J u n i o r Midfielder, Men’s Soccer) — Tied for the team lead with nine goals, also had 20 points for SXU.
Ashley Shares (JR, Women’s Cross Country) — Two top-10 finishes and three top-20 finishes. Matt Rychel (SR, Men’s Cross Country) — Two top-15 finishes, one top-10 finish, and one top25 finish, also competed in the Nationals for the men.
Rookie of the Year: The following players have played tremendously in their first season with the SXU Cougars. Each one of these athletes shined in their sports. This is a difficult award to win but these freshman played great and have very bright futures as there will be some departing seniors. The freshman are the futures of their respective teams.
Most Consistent: The following athletes have shown tremendous consistency and dedication in their respective sports. These athletes have performed very well and time and time again, they are always coming up huge for their teams. These athletes have consistently come up big for their teams and provided great spark for their various teams.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
SPORTS Cougars in semifinals for third straight year By Alan Paape Sports Correspondent The Saint Xavier Cougars went in to the NAIA playoffs ranked number five in the nation. SXU was in an unfamiliar situation because in the past two years the team had finished in the top four of the NAIA meaning they would host two home playoff games but this season pending a big upset in one of the other games the Cougars would only have one home playoff game. SXU took on the Bethel University Wildcats in their first round matchup at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, Sat., Nov. 19. The Cougars did not face the Wildcats in the 2011 regular season, but they did beat the Wildcats twice in the last two seasons by a combined score of 75-45. The Cougars scored on three of their four offensive possessions in the first quarter of play. Jimmy Coy tossed one touchdown pass, a fifty-two yarder to Shane Zackery. Nick Pesek also had a ten-yard touchdown run and Wes Gastel had a four-yard touchdown run. The Cougars defensively only gave up one touchdown in the first quarter a five-yard touchdown run, but they blocked the ensuing extra point and at the end of the first quarter of play the Cougars led 21-6. In the second quarter of play, Bethel University scored first, Cordarious Mann’s second rushing touchdown of the day for the Wildcats. Right after the lead was cut to eight points, the Cougars scored two more touchdowns, once again it was Zackery on a touchdown reception, and Gastel on a touchdown run. At the end of the first half the score was 35-13 in favor of SXU.
Senior QB Jimmy Coy avoids the sack against Marian University earlier in the year. The Cougars will face the Knights again in the semifinals where they have a chance to exact revenge for their only loss of the year. Photo: SXU Athletics
In the second half the Cougar defense dominated and did not give up a single point to the Wildcats. The Cougar offense put up sixteen more points, on Zacker y and Gastel’s third touchdowns of the day, and a Tom Lynch fifty-five yard field goal. The final score of the game was Saint Xavier 51-13. Pesek had a huge day for the Cougars, he rushed for 227 yards and a touchdown, and also had three receptions for sixty-two yards. Zackery, coming off of an injury, also had a career day with nine receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Gastel only had 63 total offensive yards but he had three touchdowns, and Coy also had a huge game, he went 24-37 for 402 yards with 4 touchdown passes. On the defensive side of the ball Michael Prosser and Jeremy
Rhodes combined for 24 tackles, four of which were for a loss. Jacob Ghinazzi had one interception and Clayton Fejedelem recovered a fumble. With the win the Cougars would have to travel to Olathe, Kansas to take on the number four team in the country, the Mid-America Nazarene Pioneers. The Cougars have never faced the Pioneers before in the history of their program, and this game would be a huge test because for the first time since last season the Cougars came into the game as the underdog. The Cougars were welcomed to Pioneer Stadium by very sloppy field conditions, the rain from earlier in the day flooded multiple spots on the natural grass field. The sloppy field conditions were
not a huge problem for the Cougars who put the first points on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a Gastel touchdown reception. The next points of the game would not be scored until the second quarter. After a muffed punt the Cougar offense took over around midfield. Coy methodically led the team down the field, and eventually found Corey Wennmacher in the back corner of the end zone for an eleven-yard touchdown pass. After the Pioneers stopped the Cougars on a fourth and inches play, they drove down the field and put up their first points of the day on a one-yard touchdown run. There would be no more scoring plays in the first half, and the after the first half of play SXU led 13-7. The third quarter was a
defensive battle in which neither team could score, which meant the Cougars had a six point lead going into the last quarter of play. After the Cougar offense went three and out, Tyler Herl connected with Austin Conyers on a sixty-five yard touchdown pass which gave MNU their first lead of the day at 14-13. Immediately after the Cougars gave up their lead, Coy lead the team down the field in just over a minute to regain the lead. The five play seventy-yard scoring drive was capped off by a Gastel twentythree yard touchdown reception. The Cougars now led the game 19-14, after a missed two point conversion, and they would never look back. After Lynch successfully made a field goal, the SXU defense stepped up in a huge way. Herl dropped back to pass and threw an interception to Ghinazzi who took it back to the house for a touchdown, and gave the Cougars a fifteen point lead. Slowly but surely it seemed like the Cougars would win this game. Ghinazzi sealed the Cougar victory three plays later with his second interception of the day, and the Cougars won their quarterfinals matchup 29-14. With the win the Cougars obtained a spot in the NAIA semifinals for the third straight year, and this time the team standing in their way would be the same team that handed then their only loss of the season, the Marian University Knights. The Cougars lost the first matchup 27-9 and are hoping for a different outcome the second time around. The Cougars versus the Knights will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana at noon. The game will be on the airwaves of WXAV 88.3 fm Chicago, and wxav.com.
Men’s Basketball riding five game winning streak By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The Saint Xavier men’s basketball team is currently on a five game winning streak that dates back to Nov. 12 when the Cougars defeated St. Louis Christian 97-33. The Cougars now have a record of 6-3 after starting out the season at 1-3. Beginning with the most recent game for the Cougars, they defeated Holy Cross College on Nov. 22 at the Shannon Center with the final score of 83-68 in favor of SXU. This was the fifth win in a row for the Cougars and this game pushed SXU’s record to a mark of 6-3. In this game, the Cougars went into half-time trailing by seven points and then in the second half, the Cougars outscored Holy Cross 51-29 to lead to a 15 point win for the Cougars. The Cougars had some great play from a lot of their starters in this game. Mark Peters had 25 points
Brad Karp continues his strong play. Photo: SXU Athletics
and 13 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Sophomore Brad Karp also played 39 minutes and had 23 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Roosevelt Green chipped in with 12 points and seven assists
in 29 minutes. Anthony Grant off the bench had 11 points and five rebounds as he continues his fantastic off the bench production. On Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, the Cougars competed in the Saint
Xavier University Classic. The Cougars won both games in this classic tournament against Saint Ambrose University and Indiana University Northwest. On Nov. 18, the Cougars defeated Saint Ambrose University 101-72 in the first game for the Cougars in the SXU Classic. Brad Karp led the Cougars in points in this game with 28 points and he added seven rebounds as well. Anthony Grant had 23 points, went 7-7 from the free throw line and also missed just one shot going 8-9 from the field. Roosevelt Green and Mark Peters added 13 and 11 points respectively. In the second game of the SXU Classic on Nov.19, the Cougars beat Indiana University Northwest, 105-71. The Cougars shot a fantastic 56.8% from the field in this game and dominated throughout. Brad Karp had a game to remember, scoring 35 points as well as bringing down 12 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Anthony Grant
had 14 points in this contest and Mark Peters scored 13 points in the game. Munir Smith had a doubledouble of his own with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Ed Gilgenbach was close to a doubledouble with nine points as well as eight assists. Back on Nov. 16, the Cougars defeated Trinity International University with the final score of 101-77 in favor of SXU. The Cougars played excellent offensively, shooting 56.9% and scoring over 100 points. Brad Karp had 27 points as well as nine rebounds, shooting 1015 from the field. Anthony Grant and Roosevelt Green each had 24 points in this game. Ed Gilgenbach had 10 points as well as nine rebounds. The Cougars also out-rebounded Trinity International 40-31 in this game. The next match-up for the Cougars is a game against Silver Lake College on Dec. 3. This game is slated for a 3 p.m. start.