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THE EYES AND EARS OF THE STUDENTS

Feds Indict Former VP Susan Piros By Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief Former Vice President for Business and Finance Susan Piros was indicted by the Federal Government last Wednesday after stealing close to $1 million from Saint Xavier University in a scandal that first garnered public attention in Summer 2009. Piros is being charged by the Department of Justice for embezzling more than $850,000 from SXU. An internal memo was sent to faculty and staff Wednesday saying, “All of us are saddened and disappointed by the

alleged misconduct of someone who occupied a position of great trust and responsibility at this University.” The memo continued, “ The new administration...has since completely revised all business practices and hired new financial personnel who have implemented a series of protocols and procedures that build more oversight and transparency into the CFO function.” President Christine Wiseman said, “The University cannot comment on the alleged activity of Ms. Piros at this time since she has not yet entered a plea to the charges. However, the University carries liability insurance to cover situations like this, and our insurance carrier

has fully paid this claim. No tuition dollars were used to cover this loss.” Ray Catania, SXU’s current vice president of Business and Finance, took over Piros’ position in 2009. As the current VP of Business and Finance, Catania’s appointment meant stricter protocols to ensure that spending is controlled more responsibly. The protocols that were put in place include: multiple levels of approval for expenditures, strengthened accounting processes, centralized review of all accounts, separated the duties of accounting, financial aid, and the office of the bursar. President Christine Wiseman said, “In

addition, we now monitor all costs; inquire about the need for all purchases; and require competitive bids on non-emergency projects.” Wiseman added, “We are revamping the budget process to align with best practices in the industry. The focus is on the reallocation of existing resources rather than the incremental allocation of resources.” When asked to comment on Piros’ indictment, Wiseman said, “The University cannot comment on the alleged activity of Ms. Piros. However, the University carries liability insurance to cover situations like this, and our insurance carrier has fully paid this claim. No tuition dollars were used to cover this loss.”

College Radio Day soon on the air Vending Machines: Change is Coming By Macy Zamudio News Editor

(Right to left) Raquel Rocha, Jamel Williams and Brittany Terrell at WXAV. Photo: The Xavierite

By Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief In the midst of the ever-changing technological world, college and high school radio are still making waves. College Radio Day (CRD), developed by former Saint Xavier University Director of Student Media Rob Quicke, is a worldwide event that celebrates the important contributions of college and high school radio on Oct. 11, 2011. “The very essence of college and high school radio is freedom and creativity to really showcase the diversity each student offers,” said Quicke. The idea for such a day came to Quicke after watching The Social Network in Dec. 2010. “I thought, ‘Surely someone’s already put this day together.’ I was just shocked when I looked online and saw that no, no one has. I saw an opportunity,” Quicke said. Quicke called Peter Kreten, assistant director of Campus Life Student Media, told him his idea and the two immediately started brainstorming back and forth for

six months until CRD was officially launched on June 5. “I was instantly hooked,” Kreten said. Kreten said college radio is becoming more and more underappreciated with the advent of user-generated technology like Pandora and the iPod. CRD is especially needed now, he said, in an age where people have so many digital options to choose from. “Right now, college radio is kind of getting lost in the shuffle. Back in the 90s, we had a fair shake. Now, everything’s changed. We’ve got to figure out ways to adapt to this new climate,” Kreten said. In addition to recognizing the fearless nature that college and high school radio embodies, another hope of CRD is that a greater awareness will be brought forth for the medium in a culture that is becoming increasingly more limiting with commercial radio, both men said. So far, over 300 schools have signed on from 44 states and three countries. Northwestern, Yale, Stanford and Seton Hall are some wellknown schools that will be participating in CRD. RADIO >

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Put a bill in the vending machine. Press the return button. Out comes change. This has been how most students at Saint Xavier University have used their money on the vending machines on campus. For many students, carrying change is a pet peeve. “Honestly, carrying change just a huge hassle,” said Robert Furlan, a freshman undecided major. “Especially, when I had everything ready to go for laundry and just get it done, then the swipe machines don’t work and I don’t have change.” But when the necessity to use it for certain machines comes up, students tend to easily exchange a dollar bill for some quarters at the nearest campus vending machine. “I would go to the vending machine in Regina when the swipe reader wouldn’t work, but then I realized that it wouldn’t give out change anymore. It ate my dollar,” said Jamel Williams, a freshman mathematics secondary

education major. Several students, like Williams, have been noticing that the machines no longer operate in that matter. In order to receive change from the machine, students actually have to purchase an item. This causes them to spend more money in the process. The machines no longer simply give back coins if one merely presses the “return change” button. Linda Moreno, director of Saint Xavier’s auxiliary services, explained why the machines do not give change if a purchase is not made. Moreno said, “The reason that the machine is set-up that way is because all of the change in the machine may quickly be depleted if it is always being used as a change machine. This poses a major problem for students who actually use cash to purchase items. Since the machine would no longer CHANGE >

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Saudi Arabia lets women vote By Karina Palencia News Contributor

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The right to vote, the right to run for public office, the right to voice one’s opinions are all protected in the United States’ Bill of Rights. For other countries throughout the world, however, this right is still only available to the male population. One of these countries is Saudi Arabia. According to the NY Daily News and USA Today, King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia has announced that women will have the right to vote and run in the 2015 municipal elections. The decision for the change in granting women the right to run and vote came after a deliberation from the senior ulama [clerics]. T h e ch a n g e s wo u l d a l s o a l l ow women to be appointed to the Shura Council, the advisory body selected by the king which is currently all-male.

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We asked eleven SXU students: What would you do with close to a million stolen dollars? •“I’d pay off student loans, start a scholarship fund for the needy and build a homeless shelter.” --Evangela Evans, senior, criminal justice and philosophy student •“Take it to the authorities.” --Catherine Nicpon, sophomore, psychology student •“Get me a nice house in Seattle and live a life of luxury and music.” --Mario Raines, sophomore, philosophy student •“I’d give it back if I knew whose money it was. If not, I’d donate half.” --Larry Sturghill, junior, criminal justice student •“I’d get my doctorate and an apartment downtown.” --Vincent Dore, senior, musicvocal performance and education student •“I’d buy furniture and a Lotus Elise.” --Patrick Johanson, freshman, computer science student

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According to the Daily Mail, King Abdullah has been pushing for political reforms, but in a country where conservative clerics and senior members of the ruling family oppose even minor changes, it has been very hard to get anything moving. Saudi Arabia held its first-ever municipal elections in 2005. Because Saint Xavier University is an institution that prides itself on being culturally and ethnically diverse, students were asked how they felt about this development. “I think this is an amazing opportunity to put women on an equal playing field as men. The inequalities have set back society; this is definitely an advancement,” said Kaycee Sakal, a senior psychology major. “I feel that it is an amazing opportunity for women to have a chance to vote in the 2015 Saudi Arabian elections,”

•“Mmm, I’d go somewhere where they couldn’t find me.” --Alros Avellana, freshman, nursing student •“Help the poor and buy myself a new house.” --Lanessa Vantrease, senior, musiceducation student •“I’d go to Ireland and buy a car...or not.” --Kelsey Fitzgerald, junior, early childhood education student •“Pay off my schooling and my brother’s too.” --Amanda Novak, sophomore, secondary education-English student •“Finish school and pay all my favorite bands to play at a concert.” --Rebecca Weisenritter, sophomore, music education student

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WorldBits • Nearly 35 years later, director Roman Polanski publicly apologized to the woman he raped when she was 13-years-old. “Everybody has made mistakes and I have made mistakes too. She is a double victim: My victim and a victim of the press,” Polanski said. Some felt the apology came up short. Maya Dusenbery from the popular blog “Feministing” wrote, “Leave the media out of it. The nightmare she experienced in the court system and media circus started with you. You and your actions.” www.ibtimes.com and feministing.com • A multi-billion dollar dam project in the Amazon region has been put on hold by Judge Carlos Castro. The judge said construction of the dam would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu river. The ruling favored a fisheries group, which was arguing that the Belo Monte dam would affect their local fish stocks and cause significant harm to families who make a living from fishing. The judge said building the canals and dikes could have negative effects for river communities living off small-scale fishing. www.bbc.co.uk • An Italian court overturned the murder conviction of 24-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student accused of killing her British Roommate four years ago. Knox was originally sentenced to 26 years in prison in December of 2009. www.nytimes.com • The New York City Fire Department recently hired its first transgender employee. Brooke is a third generation firefighter who now works at Metrotech headquarters--a location where only 32 other women have jobs. www.huffingtonpost.com

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WXAV is at the forefront of the CRD movement, where Quicke said the station really helped foster college and high school radio ideals. “I hope people are proud that WXAV is so involved in this movement,” Quicke said. “Really, I don’t know where I’d be without [WXAV]. Quicke worked as director of Student Media from 2002 to 2007 before becoming the general manager of WPSC FM at William Peterson University in New Jersey. All participating stations must air the 30-minute documentary College Radio in 2011: Its Past, Present & Future but have the option to play an edited 15-minute version of the film. Stations have creative license for how they will go about recognizing CRD. WXAV’s theme for the day will be Past, Present, Future. Segments will include artists like The Pixies and R.E.M. (past), Arcade Fire and The Shins (present), and “really underground bands that’ll be big in a few years” (future), according to Kreten, who is in charge of creating the documentary. Social media has greatly helped spread the word about CRD with sites like Facebook and Twitter, Quicke said. Kreten also pointed out that word of mouth from station swho have already signed on has been very useful in getting the news out. Jeanine Sinople, a junior communication sciences and disorders student, has recently discovered the value in listening to college

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Teresa Richter, deputy program director for WXAV, talks live on the air. Photo: The Xavierite

radio. “Before coming to college, I really didn’t give college radio all that much thought. But I have friends who work at WXAV so I make it a point to listen in and it just always amazes me to see how much work they put into each show. All programs are unique from each other. I’ll definitely be listening in to College Radio Day,” said Sinople.

So far, Quicke has paid for CRD out of his own pocket, paying for the domain name, the website and lawyers but joked he is not organizing this day to become wealthy, “It’s an unbelievable honor to be at the forefront of this movement,” Quicke said. Quicke and Kreten both agreed that they hope CRD will keep going every year. “There’s so much talent that you can’t

Inaugural Family Weekend By Becki Brown Features Editor The Student Government Association (SGA) at Saint Xavier University has decided to take action to help welcome parents to campus. With the help of Campus Life, SGA created a time to welcome parents to visit students and experience events on during the first SXU family weekend. Through a combination of SGA’s ingenuity and Campus Life’s support, Family Weekend is making its debut the weekend of Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, CHANGE >

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contain any coins, it does not allow a student to make a purchase because it does not have any change to give in return.” Even though several SXU resident students use quarters for laundry machines and often rely on the vending machines as an easy source to get change. “It’s a big pain in the butt. People had to go from room to room asking for quarters until they found them. Since I have mine, people generally came to my room,” said Ixchel Deck, freshman international studies major. Moreno gives a simple solution for students who are frustrated in spending more cash by using such a system. VOTING

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said Bianca Huerta, a sophomore clinical counseling psychology major. “Because I believe everyone should be able to express their opinions freely.” Another student clarifies how this development may or may not reflect the Muslim religion. Isra Hamad, senior Muslim Student Association president and biology major said, “I think it’s a great idea. It should have been done a long time ago. Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country but a lot of the laws there are not Islamic, people get the idea that their laws reflect Islam but they don’t. I hope this opportunity brings more rights to women.” One student elaborates on how the

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Oct. 23. Financial Aid, the Shannon Center and Career Services will be having open houses that parents can attend and ask any questions they may have. On Friday the 21, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be shown in McGuire Hall at 7:30 p.m. Parents can watch SXU face off against Taylor University on Saturday the 22 in a football game at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field at 1p.m. Parents are also welcome to join in tailgating festivities before the game. The same night, they can also enjoy a men’s soccer game against Olivet Nazarene

University at 7p.m. There will also be a petting zoo, as well as arts and crafts, Saturday morning for any younger siblings that may plan on visiting. That night, there will be a casino night held from 7-10p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Sunday morning, there will be a 10a.m. mass in MCDonough Chapel. This will be followed by a President’s Brunch at 11a.m. in the Fourth Floor Board Room. President Christine Wiseman will meet with parents at the brunch. For any questions, please call Campus Life at 773-341-5060.

Bursar’s Office and put the money that they intended to put in the machines into their Cougar Cards instead.” While this may be a reasonable solution to the issue, students still have some concerns. “The problem is that the card readers in the laundry room cut on and off at weird times. That’s why we need to get change out of the machines, but now, we can’t even do that,” said Williams. O t h e r st u d e n t s fe e l s o m ew h a t unaffected by the issue. “It doesn’t really affect myself because I use my Cougar Card. However, it is unfair for the commuters I feel,” said Debbie Erhardt, The contents of a students pocket. Photo: The Xavierite senior nursing major. “Are they trying to Moreno said, “If someone needs money make more profit off students? That’s not for laundry, my suggestion is to go to the very nice.” situation, as a whole, may be good but also has a down side. “I think it’s great women are getting more rights and are on a way to equality in Saudi Arabia, but it is sad that it took so long,” said Vicky Villagomez, a sophomore psychology major. This past Thursday about 5,000 men competed in municipal elections for the second time in Saudi Arabia’s history. These new changes for women are so significant. However, although women are getting the opportunity to vote and run in the upcoming elections, they are still not allowed to drive cars in Saudi Arabia. Abdullah has made the biggest change

since he started as ruler in 1995. Students have thoughts about women receiving the right to vote and run in the 2015 elections. “What I don’t understand is why the woman have to wait until 2015; equality starts now,” said Sakal. “I find it strange that it starts in 2015, why should women have to wait for equality that is going to happen? I hope that, because they are making them wait a few years, the laws don’t change back to woman not having these rights,” said Villagomez. “It’s a long way coming but its better then never . It is better to know that change is coming than not having change at all,” said Hamad.

hear anywhere else in the world right now going on in college radio,” said Kreten. “Step outside of your comfort zone. Have a listen—it’s well worth it.” “It’ll be brilliant,” said Quicke. For more information on College Radio Day, visit its website at www.collegeradioday. com.

Cougar Bites •Presentations: Theology South Lecture - The Life of St. Therese of Lisieux at 9:30a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Butler Reception Room, $6 attendance fee; open to the public •Academic Workshops: Test-Taking Tips in the Student Lounge at 2p.m. on Oct. 6. Managing Stress Workshop in the Student Lounge at 2p.m. on Oct. 11. Navigating Claws in L210 at 2p.m. on Oct. 14. Time Management Workshop in the Student Lounge at 2p.m. on Oct. 18. •Events: “Stomp the Quad” will feature step teams performing in the Smith-Morris Quad on Oct. 13 at 8p.m. •Art Exhibit: Ed McCullough’s “Crossings” exhibit will be displayed in the SXU Gallery in the Warde Academic Center until Oct. 18.

•Sports & Athletics: Women’s Volleyball vs. Trinity Christian College [HOME] at 7p.m. on Oct. 6. Women’s Soccer (5p.m.) & Men’s Soccer (7p.m.) vs. Illinois Institute of Technology [HOME] on Oct. 11. Women’s Volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin-Parkside [HOME] at 7p.m. on Oct. 12. Football vs. Quincy University [HOME] at 1p.m. on Oct. 15.


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Bullying is So Much More than Stealing Lunch Money By The Xavierite Staff Even in today’s age of hyper-political correctness, total acceptance, and complete open-mindedness, there are still people who refuse to adhere to those mantras. It looks great on paper, a true ideal to be held up and glorified. But the sad truth is that we live in a world filled with prejudice and hate, thinly veiled by the mass media and hopeful promises. Just turn over to the Features section of this page to read of at least one such instance of extreme hate that led to the receiver of that hate committing suicide. And, cases such as that are not nearly as rare as they should be. To clarify, the story referenced above deals with the issue of young homosexual boys being bullied about their sexuality to the point where taking their own life seems the better option. This editorial is not focusing on that particular instance or that type of bullying alone. Here, The Xavierite staff would like to make a call to arms against all bullying. It may seem like such a very simple thing to say. “Bullying is wrong.” It is so obvious, why does it even need to be said? Perhaps it is because “bullying” is a word that has been too long left undefined by our society. Perhaps the story of the mother who assumed a social networking personality just to harass one of her daughter’s classmates into killing herself rings a bell. Because of the sheer newness of the repercussions of such use of the internet, her behavior never gained a classification anywhere near “bullying.” Bullying is more than some punk looking for a scrawny kid’s lunch money. Bullying can be more likened to the word “abuse.” When someone abuses another, that is bullying. That kid stealing lunch money is abusing his victims, the mother on her social networking site is abusing children, and those kids who drove one of their peers to suicide were most definitely abusive. As shown above, more often than not, abuse is largely a verbal thing, although the physical cases can be much worse. A couple in which one partner verbally abuses the other is bullying, snide comments and barely concealed laughter about the way someone is dressed is bullying, posting hurtful or belligerent comments about someone online is bullying, and any physical violence, meek or grand, is bullying. It is a terrifying thing that we live in a world where a person can grow up thinking nothing of creating so much havoc in another person’s life, even to the point where that person kills themselves. The Xavierite cannot reach out to everyone, but for those who read this, stand up for the rights of all people, correct these overlooked injustices, spread the word of acceptance, and most importantly, stop being apathetic and help those who are being abused and bullied. Sometimes, it can save a life. Disagree? Agree? The Xavierite wants your opinion. Write a “Letter to the Editor” and get your voice heard! Email us at thexavierite@yahoo.com. *All writers must include their names. Students should also include their year and major. Staff must include their position.

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Fumbling with Facebook: What’s the Deal with Social Networking? By Kane McKeown Viewpoints Correspondent

Facebook is a social networking site and…actually, who am I kidding, you know what Facebook is. Even if you personally do not have one, I would bet all my StumbleUpon favorites you know what it is. Recently, I was confronted with an interesting question: “Why do you have a Facebook?” And the thing was, I did not have an answer. I ended up spitting out some clumsy response that made just as much sense as Michelle Bachman’s political campaign. Distressed, I decided to explore exactly why it was that I had a Facebook at all. My first step was to give myself an ultimatum. If I could think of a valid reason, then I would keep it. Otherwise, I would delete it. Requesting the aid of all 312 friends I had collected over the years, I created a public status that said, “I’m considering deleting my Facebook in seven days. If anyone thinks I shouldn’t, I’d like to hear your reasons. It’s open for debate!” Not surprisingly, only twelve people responded. They cited reasons such as “networking is important,” “Kane, cutting yourself off from the social networking is not the way to go... Then you’ll never know what some people had for breakfast,” and “yeah stop looking for pity reasons to keep it and just get rid of it.”

The results were already failing to live up to my expectations. So, I chose to continue with my countdown and create a new, updated public status every day, detailing my thoughts and opinions on the previous day’s comments. The results of this were a fresh wave of sarcastic and disinterested comments. It was not until the forth day of this that I started to get results I had been looking for. That was partially due to the fact that so few people were responding, I thought I would reach out to a select few people on my friends list and personally invite them to join the conversation. Five people joined. But they gave great insight! Such as, “with all of these status’s, you just look more and more like an attention whore,” “What is the potential downside in keeping it? If you can’t answer that then why ask for potential benefits,” and “okay, kane... what im seeing is that you’re blaming fb and people’s responses on stuff you do.” As it turned out, I had some real thinking to do. What really are the pros and cons of Facebook? These are some of the pros and cons I came up with along with the help of my friends who replied to my statuses during the week. As for the cons, It can instill a false belief that others are inherently interested in what you have to say. The ease of using it has caused many to opt out of more personally beneficial types of conversation like actually picking up the phone and calling someone.

Misrepresenting your self, even unintentionally, can have detrimental effects on your interpersonal relationships, possibly even with employers. And also Farmville. The pros I decided on were these. It allows you to keep in contact with many more people than you would be able to with just a phone or list of email addresses. It is a good way for you to create a widely accessible personal identity which is a lot like doing Public Relations for yourself. And “why not?” Seriously, not having a Facebook or other social networking site just colors you in a deep shade of “that one guy/girl who’s too good for Facebook.” What did I decide? I kept it. Maybe the reasons I listed above are not enough to convince you that I made the right choice. You, hypothetical reader, may have a point. But I do have an amendment for myself and my decision to continue using Facebook, an amendment that I hope everyone else will honestly consider as well. I have decided to stop treating it passively, like a new age phone book, and really get into the world of social networking and create something of an internet identity for myself. I am going to start talking to the faceless masses that make up my friends list, share my interests with a wholeheartedly disinterested public, and start making a name for myself, not only on Facebook, but all the social networking sites. So what are you waiting for? Send me a friend request already.

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In the debate over tax reform: Why not a flat tax? By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief

As the United States economy continues to tank further and further and the 2012 election season draws near, the national debate over our tax system is beginning to take center stage. Since we are broke as a nation, our politicians are trying desperately to cut spending and figure out some way of raising revenue. However, the issue of taxes is, and always has been, a battlefield between democrats and republicans. Democrats believe in a progressive tax system in which the rich pay the most amount in taxes. However, we already have this system in place. According to a recent USA Today article, “The 10 percent of households with the highest income already pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes” (USA Today). Republicans question how much more we can possibly tax these people. They propose actually lowering taxes on the wealthy. The argument here is that the less the rich people pay in taxes, the more they will invest in our economy and the more we will prosper. With such polarization on this issue, how can anything get done? In his speeches, President Barack Obama says that everyone needs to pay their fair share. I wholeheartedly agree. That is why I support a flat tax.

What is a flat tax? It is basically a tax where everyone pays a certain proportion of their income. For example, if the government sets a flat tax rate of ten percent, that means everyone pays ten percent of their income. So someone making $30,000 per year would pay $3,000 in taxes, while someone making 30 million dollars per year would pay 3 million dollars in taxes. Under this system, the rich will automatically pay more than the poor, simply because they make more. Not only is this tax system fair, it is simple. The current tax system is too complicated with its progressive rates and hidden loopholes. A f lat tax system is just a simple percentage. All you have to do is make one calculation, pay the money, and then you are done. 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has introduced such a tax plan. Calling it his “999 tax plan,” Cain proposes to create one flat tax rate in which people pay a nine percent business tax, a nine percent income tax, and a nine percent national sales tax” (The State Column). So for individual income taxes, a person making $50,000 per year would pay nine percent or $4,500. A person making $450,000 per year would also pay nine percent or $40,500. Now, I am not going to pretend that I know exactly how high or low the rate ought to be. But whether it is nine percent or 19 percent, I feel it should be fair. Ever yone should pay the same percentage of their income in taxes.

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain hopes to introduce a flat tax. Photo: tulsachange.com

But what’s fair is fair and that means doing away with tax loopholes in which people can find ways to get out of paying their taxes. After all, what is the point of a tax system at all if a sizable group of people will find a way out of it? If we couple this flat tax with the elimination of tax loop holes, I believe we can solve our revenue problem. More importantly, with such a reformed tax system, we can hopefully make a serious inroad into economic recovery. bara.a01@mymail.sxu.edu


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It Is Time to Fight Back and Occupy Chicago Average Americans decide to fight back against corporate greed and governmental let downs By Kelley Lindsey Senior Viewpoints Editor

On Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. Chicago became occupied. Following the lead of protesters in New York that occupied Wall Street, the area in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at Jackson and LaSalle has been filled with protesters and will continue to be until the protesters feel their demands have been sufficiently met. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, protesters are peacefully gathering to show that the 99 percent of Americans who suffer for the sake of corporate greed do not appreciate being stepped on. The protests began in September as protesters decided to occupy the hub of American business, Wall Street. Their demands are that the government take care of the majority of Americans that are not part of the elite class that get bailouts, pay little to no taxes and are not visibly suffering from the economic downturn. Protesters in New York have been subject to mistreatment by police, including being maced, arrested without reason, and general police misconduct. They are still out there everyday, marching and demanding better treatment for the American people. I would wager that most of the Saint Xavier Community are part of the 99%. I know I am. My mom is. My brother is, too. Those of us who will be thousands of dollars in debt when we graduate, and do not know when we will have a job to pay it off. Those of us that have watched our parents stretch dimes into dollars just to make ends meet and sometimes they

One of the many printable flyers for Occupy Chicago (Photo:) occupychicago.org

don’t. Those of us who cannot afford to buy our books and must make do the best we can. We are the 99%. I cannot stand hearing about another family who have nowhere to live,no health car, no hope for the future. It shouldn’t be this way. I applaud the men and women that are currently occupying Chicago, Wall Street, Boston, Washington D.C., and other

countries across the nation. It takes a lot of courage to finally stand up and say that you are not going to take it anymore. I feel that if more Americans, especially young people were not so passive, we could change so much more. On Sept. 26, Greek students stormed a local television studio and demanded airtime to air their grievances. I’m not asking Saint Xavier students to go storm WGN’s studios

by any means. When you think about these students who are willing to comandeer a TV station (peacefully!) to make sure their governement hears him, sending an e-mail to your representative doesn’t seem so hard, does it? Of course this movement isn’t perfect— no movement is. People who are able to skip work or class to protest during the day are privileged to do so. Not all of us can afford to do it. Not everyone lives close to a protest site or in an area with public transportation that can bring them to one. I urge every student that sees themselves in the 99% to look into the movement further. Consider joining the protest, even if you can only stay an hour or two. Look into other ways to help join the fight. Many people have started writing why they are part of the 99% and posting pictures on internet. E ve n s o m e t h i n g a s s i mp l e a s contributing a picture or two can show your solidarity for the movement. I hope that everyone who reads this takes time to think about how these issues affect you. Undoubtedly you have been impacted by these issues, even if you do not realize it. Call your representatives. Write letters. Occupy Chicago. Do whatever you can to break the cycle of passivity that has placated America for so long. We are the 99 percent. It is time to fight back. To find out more information, donate or become part of the movement. Visit occupychi.org, occupywallst.rog, or find the Occupy Chicago Facebook event. You can also see messages from the 99% at wearethe99percent.tumblr.com.

Letter To The Editor: Both Sides of the Story? Dear Xavierite: As of the Sept. 28 issue of your paper you have published two more stories about the adjunct union organizing struggle. But rather than correcting the mistakes of your previous article you have deepened and broadened them. Your front page headline claims the union (the IEANEA) has changed its “rationale” and the first paragraph reports this as a fact. However the only proof presented in your article is a statement from President Wiseman. She may be a lawyer but she is also an interested party in the dispute. Perhaps you should have checked with the union before printing such a provocative headline. Despite your claim to have been investigating this story since the summer you have managed not to talk to any of the adjuncts involved with the union, at least to judge by your quotes. You imply that we are timid about making public statements but this is far from the case. Over the past year adjunct organizers have had their names and phone numbers printed in public leaflets and e-mails, addressed numerous public meetings and testified at the NLRB hearings. Most recently several of us spoke to the Chicago Tribune’s reporter and were quoted by name in her article. We are not hiding. This one-sided reporting on your part is important because you have misunderstood what this struggle is about. The adjuncts are underpaid, insecure and disrespected. We hope to remedy these problems by forming a union and bargaining with our employer, a right of most U.S. workers. The issue is not whether the university is “Catholic

enough”. The issue is, do university employees have the same protection under U.S. labor law as other employees. The Union believes that if the university teaches courses like a regular university, hires faculty like a regular university, admits students like a regular university and takes state and federal money like a regular university then its employees should have the protections of U.S. labor law, like a regular university. St. Xavier passes all these tests. In America we settle questions of union representation by a democratic vote. A mail-in vote was conducted over the summer to see if the adjuncts want a union or not. However, the votes have not been counted because of the university’s objections and appeals. The question of whether St. Xavier is deemed “Catholic enough” is a smokescreen created to hide the basic issue. I believe that you have an obligation to the students and faculty to print this letter to correct the confusion you have helped spread. Dr. James C. Kollros, adjunct faculty Editor’s Note: The Xavierite is committed to a full presentation of both sides of the adjunct unionization matter. We thank Dr. James Kollros for the perspectives he offers in the letter above. There’s clearly a wealth of information that has not been made available to people outside union efforts. Dr. Kollros makes reference to many modes of communication on the part of union organizers—none of these, however, have been made available to The Xavierite. Dr. Kollros’ current contribution

notwithstanding, The Xavierite considers his accusations of “not talk[ing] to any of the adjuncts” to be not only incorrect and unfair, but also disingenuous. Dr. Kollros was one of several adjuncts who were personally contacted for an interview before the publication of the September 28th article. An interview was not available before press

time. Despite his belief that The Xavierite’s previous articles have heightened confusion, we retract none of our published statements and we thank him for adding useful information to this ongoing and complex dispute. We expect more information from both sides to be forthcoming in future issues.

Campus Poll What do you know about National Coming Out Day? “I don’t think it needs “Well, I mean, I’ve its own day. I think never even heard of it.” people should just come out whenever, if that’s what makes them happy.” Greg Zurawski senior, criminal justice major

“I never heard of it before. Not until I was asked just now. It really doesn’t seem well advertised.” Camille Nash junior, nursing major

“I think it’s wonderful to have a day where people can celebrate their sexuality. And It gives people a chance to show their support.” Susan McGuire senior, elementary education major

Anthony Grant junior, early childhood education major

“I’m not that aware of National Coming Out Day. I imagine it celebrates coming out and not being ashamed about it.” Bruxhilda Lumaj senior, mass communications major

“There’s a day where people are encouraged to come out all at once?” Jessica Sexton junior, criminal justice major


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FEATURES Spotlight on SXU’s Alliance By Becki Brown Features Editor

One of the core values of SXU is diversity, so it only made sense to James Braack to create a student organization that would help gay students and their allies feel more safe and open. Thus, in 2008, Braack created SXU’s first LGBT student group, The Alliance. Since its formation three years ago, The Alliance has strived to not only serve as a safe place for LGBT students but to also bridge the LGBT community with its allies.

By Mike Catania Features Contributor

I interviewed a close friend of mine who is a homosexual. His name is Joshua Graff. I asked him a couple questions as to what he thought about National Coming Out Day and to hear his account on how he brought it up to the people he loved that he was gay. For the most part he was a bit afraid to mention anything. Yet at the same time he was excited to be able to be himself and not lie to himself or others anymore. “My mom and step dad have accepted it, yet still kept asking me if I was interested in girls, as if I would

LGBTQ in the Media By Becki Brown Features Editor

In the past several years, media portrayal of the LGBTQ community has changed drastically. In the past, the media had not even included them in various media outlets, or if they were, it was not very accurate or often. The Simpsons. Glee. Grey’s Anatomy. Modern Family. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. All these TV shows have several LGBTQ characters. Earlier characters, such as Mr. Smithers from the Simpsons, were portrayed as overly flamboyant, but since then, characters have become more realistic and believable. As of 2005, 14 broadcast television

“There’s a lot more hatred than you would think,” said second-year president Marissa “M” Lee in regards to the acceptance of The Alliance on campus, “But for the most part people are accepting.” Under the reign of university president Christine Wiseman, Lee says the organization has seen great progress. “It’s easier now than it was in the beginning “Most of what we do is educationbased,” said Lee. Allies, who Lee believes are more important than any other piece to the LGBT community, are the target for much of The Alliance’s programming.

“Allies can help you bridge the gap; they can step in and stop bullying; they can help make the transition easier.” The Alliance is open to all students and meets on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm in L345. They have activities scheduled for National Coming Day and Coming Out Week.

change my mind on my sexual orientation.” I asked what the day means to him. “It is a day where I can completely be myself and show my true colors to everyone willing to see them.” He also mentioned that he wasn’t afraid to show his true self on that day and that he really had no reason to be afraid. He couldn’t care less about what other people thought. Have you ever asked about becoming a gay activist, “I have considered it. Honestly, I believe that every gay person in the world is a gay activist. Especially if they are out of the closet. Gay activist are meant to support gay rights and things happening in the gay community. One of which is raising awareness to the world about what gays are truly like. Being out and expressing yourself openly is allowing the public to see what gays are like. So if you mean politically, no. I would not become a political gay activist.

A normal person trying to raise awareness, sure. I do that all the time.” Is it hard for you to find a “soul mate” than other straight people? It is much more difficult for a gay person to find the “soul mate” because there are more straight people in the world and even more gay people who do not flaunt the gayness they may or may not possess. It is more common for woman to hit on a gay man than a gay man to hit on another man mostly because of the percentage of straight men to gay men. I obviously cannot speak for lesbians because I am not one but speaking as a gay man, I will not hit on another man unless I know they are gay. Straight women and men will hit on the opposite sex whenever because the thought of “they might be gay” never registers as something they should think about.”

series had at least one LGBTQ character on it. Television is not the only media outlet that has changed its outlook on LGBTQ communities. The film industry has also transformed its view. Movies such as Brokeback Mountain and RENT bring depth to LGBTQ relationships and the effects that they can have on those involved. This makes them seem much more real than the original, one-dimensional relationships originally portrayed. Just a little over a year ago, Archie comics released a new character: Kevin Keller. Kevin is the first openly LGBTQ character in this series. He is not portrayed as a stereotypical gay man, and he has gained overwhelming popularity among Archie readers. These characters are not the only

members of the LGBTQ community in the media. Many actors and actresses have come out as being LGBTQ. There are about 700 confirmed, LGBTQ actors, most of whom are well known. Just a few of these people include Angelina Jolie (bisexual, Tomb Raider, Salt), Nathan Lane (gay, The Producers, Lion King), and Rosie O’Donnell (lesbian, The View, Tarzan). There are also several hundred LGBTQ musicians in popular music today. A few are Elton John (gay), Lady Gaga (bisexual), Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (bisexual), and Tila Tequila (Lesbian). T h e L G B T Q c o m m u n i t y i s becoming more prominent in the media as well as becoming more realistic and less stereotypical.

An Interview

The History Coming By Mike Catania Features Contributor

It was on Oct. 11, 1987 where half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary were the originators of the idea of National Coming Out Day (NCOD). The date of Oct. 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Coming out is the process of personally accepting your homosexuality and disclosing it

Don’t Ask, By Macy Zamudio News Editor

On Sept. 20, various men and women serving in the armed forces celebrated the repeal of the controversial 18-year old military policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Enacted in 1993 during the Clinton administration, the policy allowed homosexual men and women to serve in the armed forces so long as they kept their sexual orientation a secret. Because of the policy, military commanders were also not allowed to question any servicemen and women about their sexual orientation. The repeal of the policy took place a minute after midnight. Since its repeal, the military has begun accepting applications from openly gay applicants. Because of the repeal, all investigations and military discharges initiated throughout the years by the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy were brought to an end. Since last December, President Barack Obama signed the Repeal Act into law. Obama ensured that annulling the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy would in no way undermine the U.S. military’s fighting capabilities.


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LGBTQ Facts By Kelley Lindsey Senior Viewpoints Editor

• 9 out of 10 LGBT students have experienced harassment at school. • LGBT teens are bullied 2 to 3 times as much as straight teens. • More than 1/3 of LGBT kids have attempted suicide. • LGBT kids are 4 times as likely to

LGBTQ Bullying By Macy Zamudio News Editor

of National Out Day to family, co-workers and friends. Coming out is different for every gay or bisexual person. Some experience a lot of pain and anguish while for others acceptance is a joyous time. Events are held annually to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT rights movement. Participants are encouraged to wear pride symbols, such as the pink triangle (gays), Bisexual pride flag (bisexuals) & the black triangle (lesbians), the Greek letter lambda, and rainbows in jewelry and on clothing.

, Don’t Tell According to The Huffington Post, in a public statement regarding the repeal, Obama said, “Today, the discriminatory law known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is finally and formally repealed. As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love, and our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. As Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service.” Because of the policy’s annulment, the Defense Department has revised their military regulations to accommodate the new changes. References that restrict gay military services have been abolished. Rules involving displays of public affection, however, remain the same among homosexual and heterosexual service members. The policy’s repeal, however, will cause no immediate changes in regards to meeting requirements for military benefits. All military members are entitled to certain benefits, such as listing one’s partner as one’s insurance beneficiary or as designated caregiver in the Wounded Warrior program.

A day in the life of an LGBTQ student is difficult to envision, let alone live. Imagine being called derogatory words and being harassed by one’s fellow peers – day in and day out. Going to school could become a living nightmare for such students, the option of dropping out constantly in their mind. But, imagine if the bullying got even worse. Imagine if the bullies slam a person’s sexual and make them feel ostracized from society. Eventually these students, or rather victims, begin to believe that that they don’t belong in the world and that nobody cares for them. They would eventually develop an inferiority complex, and once the abuse and the self-hate become too great to deal with, they may even take their own life. According to a study by Penn State University, LGBTQ teens are four times more likely to attempt suicide and 30 percent of reported teen suicides are LGBTQ related. Such tragic scenarios are unfortunately becoming more and more common for LGBTQ adolescents. According to a 2009 survey by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, 85 percent of LGBTQ teens are constantly harassed in high school. Statistics also show that 61 percent of gay teens felt unsafe attending school and 30 percent of teens chose to remain at home to avoid such bullying.

attempt suicide than their straight peers. • LGBT youth with “highly rejecting” families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them. • 84.6 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation. • 72.4 percent heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school. • Nearly two-thirds (61.1 percent) of students reported that they felt unsafe The issue of gay bullying has once again been put into the media spotlight because of the tragic death of 14-year old high school student, Jamey Rodemeyer. In his “It Gets Better” Youtube video, a video that is supposed to provide encouragement for gay teens, Rodemeyer admitted being bullied at school but cited pop singer Lady Gaga’s music as a source of support. Although Rodemeyer appeared fairly happy around his family days before his suicide, his posts on his secret Tumblr blog revealed a different side. In his posts, he desperately cried out his ongoing struggle with bullying at school. On September 18, he posted his final statement, one in which he thanked Lady Gaga. He unfortunately hanged himself outside of his home that same day. California recently enacted Seth’s Law (AB 9), which was designed to crack down on bullying towards LGBTQ adolescents in the state’s schools. The law was dedicated in the memory of gay 13-year old middle school student Seth Walsh, who took his own life last year after constant harassment from classmates. New Jersey lawmakers are also trying to enact a bill against cyber-bullying. The law, when enacted, will be dedicated in the memory of 18-year old college freshman Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped off of the George Washington Bridge a year ago after his roommate invaded his privacy by posting a video of him having an intimate encounter with another man. Lady Gaga, an adamant advocate of

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in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9 percent) felt unsafe because of their gender expression. • Estimated that about 3.8% of American population is LGBT • According to a 2006 report, between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth in the US identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 26 percent of LGBT youth who come out to their parents are told to leave home. Many also report experiencing abuse both from family members and in shelters. (Information from: GLSEN.org and www. youthprideri.org) gay rights, recently met with President Barack Obama to push for a law that would prevent bullying. Gaga aims at making a law that would make bullying not only illegal, but also a hate crime. She hopes to make the law in memory of her proud fan, Jamey Rodemeyer. Started in 2010 by gay journalist, Dan Savage, the “It Gets Better” campaign posts videos of teens and adults showing their support to LGBTQ teens who are facing harassment from their peers. Savage began the campaign after noticing the alarming increase in LGBTQ teen suicides throughout the years. The campaign’s Youtube page has already more than 20,000 uploaded videos, some featuring politicians such as President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others with famous celebrities such as talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and actor Neil Patrick Harris. The campaign has even launched its own book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, which has contributions from hundreds of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures all of whom show their encouragement towards LGBTQ teens. With the enactment of anti-bullying laws, the support of different campaigns, and the public’s awareness of such tragedies; the amount of bullying towards LGBTQ adolescents will hopefully decrease and the number of LGBTQ teen suicides will, in turn, reduce as well.


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Wellness Corner

Question: I know it’s bad to eat at fast food restaurants but sometimes I have no choice. What are some healthier options if I have to eat out? Thanks. Answer: The main reason it’s recommended to stay away from fast food restaurants is because of intaking their high levels of fat, salt, and calories. Yet, understandably, sometimes you need to eat something quick and easy. Here are some ordering tips and some examples from popular restaurants. Order sandwiches with no mayo or cheese. Opt for a side salad or fruit instead of fries. Choose baked chips or pretzels versus chips.Order grilled, baked, or broiled versus. breaded, crispy, or fried. Here are some possible meal options: McDonalds: Grilled chicken wraps, grilled chicken salads with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, or a small hamburger with apples. Subway: 6 inch sub on wheat (6 grams of fat or less menu). KFC: grilled chicken meal. And don’t forget to replace those high sugary drinks with water or unsweetened tea! Kelly Devine MS RD CSSD LDN Board Certified Sports Dietitian

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By Sarah Schroepfer SGA Senator Greetings from the Student Government Association! 
 We hope everyone’s year has been fun and successful. SGA is very excited about upcoming events and encourages your participation and involvement in your SXU community. So far we are working on the following: FAMILY WEEKEND 2011 On the weekend of Oct. 21, 22, and 23 Saint Xavier Student Government association will be hosting a Family Weekend. We, along with SAB, have been working hard on numerous activities to make family weekend a fun and enjoyable time for students and their families. This will be an exciting weekend for families to learn about everything SXU has to offer. To register, go to www.sxu.edu; Keyword: Family Weekend. STUDENT SHOWCASE On Friday, Oct. 21 we will be hosting a Student Showcase from 7:309:00p.m. This is an opportunity for students to show off their talents, or simply create a funny skit to show off with their friends. We encourage all students to get involved with their residence halls, classmates, friends or clubs. If you have any questions or wish to sign up please contact Nicole Callsen at callsen.n01@mymail.sxu.

OTHER FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES Also on Friday, Oct. 21 we will be hosting a Gilhooley’s Game Night. This is an opportunity for families to play games, enjoy music, and food. On Saturday, we will be hosting a variety of events for families to enjoy the Cougar Football Game. This includes Cougar Cubs (games and crafts for younger children) and a Cougar Tailgate. Also, SAB will be coordinating a petting zoo in the afternoon, while SGA and SAB will host a Casino Night in the evening. NEW MEMBERS We would like to welcome three new senators to the SGA. Congratulations to Garrett Saulters, Mallorie Rosales, and Michelle Thompson. Garrett is a freshman chemistry student, Mallorie is a freshman Nursing student, and Michelle is a transfer junior and secondary English education student. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns do not hesitate to stop by the Student Organizations Center outside of the cafeteria to talk to a Student Government member. You can also contact us via email at sga.sxu.edu. Want more SGA updates? Become our friend on Facebook and have SGA be just a click away.

Dorm Room Dining

As good as the diner food is, sometimes you want to make something special in your dorm room. This chili cheese dip is simple and fast, and can be shared with all of your friends. All you need is a few simple ingredients, and some chips for dipping. Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese. 1 (15 oz.) can of chili (with or without beans). 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese chips. Equipment: 1 8 inch microwaveable safe pan Microwave. 1. Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of the dish. 2. Spread the chili on top of the cream cheese, and top with the cheddar cheese. 3. Microwave for four to five minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 4. Serve with chips and enjoy! Recipe from: Teens Cook

Student Picks

Tweets

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The Xavierite Staff has searched through Twitter for the perfect tweets...

“Are you a responsible pet-lover suffering from ‘Harry Potter’ withdrawal? Padfoot is now up for adoption!” @EW Entertainment Weekly Sept. 26

“Just ate a whole roast chicken, three protein bars, a 2000 calorie shake and an entire package of spicy brats. I’m watching my figure.” @God_Damn_Batman Sept. 27

Kim Percudani freshman, biochemistry

Max Sazon sophomore, nursing

Bri Segura junior, psychology

Top 5 Bands

Top 5 Books

Top 5 Restaurants

Aerosmith. Aerosmith is classic rock. Just good, old fashioned rock, and I love it. Their songs withstand the tests of time.

Lord of the Flies-William Golding. I’ve had to read this book for several classes, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Chi Tung. I love chinese food, and Chi Tung is the best. I’m a huge fan of the hibachi bar, and I could go there every day.

Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold is really good for when I need metal to pump me up. It’s really intense.

To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee. This is another classic. It teaches not to judge a book by its cover and to stand up for what you believe in.

Chips and Dip. The food is good. It’s nice and close to school, and it doesn’t break the bank every time I go there.

Three Days Grace. Their songs are angry but kinda mellow sometimes, which is really different. It’s not always the usual stuff.

The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins. This is my favorite of the series. It’s action packed and keeps me involved the whole book.

Los Comales. It’s open really late, so if I ever get hungry at 3 a.m., I know that I can go to Los Comales to get some Mexican food.

Janus. They’re a Chicago based band. Not many people know about them, but they should.

Slice of Cherry-Dia Reeves. Murder. Fantasy worlds. Romance. It has all that and more.

Lou Malnati’s. Lou Malnati’s has the best deep dish around. Hands down the best.

Chavelle. I own every song they’ve The Green Mile-Stephen King. I ever come out with. I’m a pretty loved the book as well as the movie. big fan. It’s a great read.

Lalo’s. Lalo’s is even better than home cooking. It’s a little pricey but totally worth it.

“Reebok gets caught in a ‘these ridiculous toning shoes will make your legs longer’ lie.” @Time Sept. 28

“I am struck by how all these right-wingers get their right-wing “alerts” so they can do the white..er...”right” thing.” @AlecBaldwin Sept. 29

“U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki killed in airstrike, sources say.” @cnnbrk Sept. 30


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Hot, hot...on second thought, eh By Mary Crane Copy Editor La Fiesta offers plentiful amounts of decent Mexican fare at an affordable price for the poor college student’s wallet. Entree prices at La Fiesta range anywhere from $2.20-$15.00. The atmosphere is festive. Artificial vines and flowers hang from the wooden ceiling in the main dining room, recalling the style of a southwestern dude ranch to mind. Vibrant piñatas also adorn the ceiling and walls, making customers feel as though La Fiesta celebrates Cinco De Mayo all year round. The dining room is also spacious, clean, and comfortable. Indeed, the dining atmosphere makes visitors feel that a “fiesta” is always at La Fiesta. That is, until the servers come around. Our waitress proved to be unpleasant and hard to find when we needed something. Although she brought the food at regular time intervals, we were not asked if we would like anything before the check was brought. Although the service was not bad enough for me to warn you to stray from La Fiesta, I will say that it definitely effected the overall experience negatively. As for the food itself, La Fiesta’s two most frequently ordered dishes include enchiladas and burritos. Other popular choices on the menu include tacos and fajitas. When my friends and I visited, we ordered enchiladas suizas, a mini burrito, chicken and ground beef tacos (with hard shells), and fried vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert. The enchiladas suizas consisted of

two soft corn tortillas filled with flavorful ground beef and covered in a mild suiza tomato sauce. Melted Chihuahua cheese and a generous helping of cool sour cream perfected the dish. The ground beef was tasty and well-seasoned, and the enchiladas were served at the ideal eating temperature. The dinner also included a helping of Spanish rice and refried beans. I would not recommend the rice, for it was completely tasteless. The refried beans, however, were flawlessly cooked and complimented the enchiladas nicely. The enchilada dinner was definitely the best of the three entrees, and it is the perfect meal for fans of mild Mexican food at a price of only $10.25. The mini-burrito offered a small but zesty lunch for $3.25. The mini-burrito was only about the size of my palm, yet its soft corn shell was loaded with crispy bacon, chicken, melted cheese, sour cream, and a spicy tomato sauce. While the chicken was flavorful on its own, the spicy tomato sauce complimented the other ingredients and made the dish a winner. Although I would not recommend it to those who do not enjoy tangy sauce, the mini-burrito is flavorful and definitely easy on the wallet. The ground beef and chicken tacos were easily the worst part of the meal. While they certainly shined in the “more food for less” category—the four-taco dinner with complimentary rice and beans only cost $9.50—they were completely lackluster in taste and structure. The thinly-shredded chicken was completely devoid of flavor, making one wish for Chipotle chicken tacos Although the ground beef was nicely seasoned, the sweating crunchy shells which

broke apart in my hand completely ruined the effect of the taste. What appeared to be perfect tacos when they first came out of the kitchen transformed into a messy lettuce, tomato, and cheese affair within the very second I picked them up. Although I received plenty of food for my money with this dinner, it was not worth it at all. Yet La Fiesta redeemed itself with an incredible dessert: fried vanilla ice cream. At only $3.50, the fried ice cream was refreshing and easily the best part of the entire meal. The top layer of ice cream was fried lightly, much like a baked Alaska. Chocolate syrup and whipped cream were liberally applied to the top, making the savory mix of hot-andcold textures even more delectable. It also proved to be the ideal serving size, because two to four people could easily share it. This was a perfect finish to the dinner and definitely worth the price. While La Fiesta’s cuisine was not the best Mexican fare I have ever eaten, it is great for anyone looking for Mexican food at a reasonable price that is not too far from campus. The atmosphere is especially fun, particularly if you go to skip the tacos and go for the enchiladas.

(To the left): Mary recommends the enchiladas suizas. (Above): La Fiesta promises reasonably priced Mexican food. Photos: Mary Crane

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant 3333 West 111th Street Chicago, IL. 60655 773-779-4844 Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 AM-10 PM Sunday: 11 AM-9 PM

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going on their second possession of the game either, and they turned the ball over on downs. The SXU defense forced a USF punt on the following drive. St. Francis caught a huge break when the punt hit a Saint Xavier player and was recovered in the end zone by a USF player for a touchdown. St. Francis now led St. Xavier 10-0 with less than one minute left in the first quarter of play. SXU did not get on the scoreboard until eight minutes into the second quarter when Tom Lynch(bold name) made a twenty six yard field goal bringing SXU within seven points. With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Tom Lynch added a 50-yard field goal to cut the USF lead to four points. 19 seconds after Tom Lynch’s second field goal of the day, St. Francis quarter back Justin Boser found Bryce Thornton on a sixty yard touchdown pass, to extend their lead

back to two scores. To end the first half of play, Saint Xavier added ten more points on a Shane Zackery forty three yard touchdown reception, and on a Tom Lynch forty eight yard field goal. Going into half time, the number one ranked team in the nation, SXU, trailed 1716.The St. Xavier offense started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Just over a minute into the third quarter, Jimmy Coy found Corey Wennmacher in the end zone for a thirty three yard touchdown pass. But as was the story earlier in the game, St. Francis immediately answered back. On the ensuing kickof f Austin Coleman, from USF, received the ball at his own two yard line, eluded a couple of tacklers and took the ball in for a touchdown. No matter what the Cougars would do to try to preserve the lead they could just not do it. The score was now USF 24, SXU 23. From this point on out, the rest of the scoring was dominated by the Saint Xavier University Cougars.

Nick Pesek had a touchdown run, Tom Lynch added two more field goals, and Wes Gastel(bold) had a six yard touchdown reception. SXU now led 42-24 with less than seven minutes to play in the game. The Saint Xavier Cougars defense surrendered one last touchdown before the game was over, but the when the final horn sounded St. Xavier was victorious 42-31 and the Cougars held on to their number one ranking. Jimmy Coy had a big day for the Cougars and ended the game 29-43 for 338 yards and three touchdowns. The SXU receiving core of Shane Zackery, Wes Gastel, and Corey Wennmacher combined for nineteen catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Jacob Ghinazzi had a huge day with seven total tackles, one and a half tackles for a loss and two huge interceptions. Mike Prosser and Dave Marciano also each had an interception. The Cougar defense forced six

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 fumbles on the day and also had three sacks. The Cougars travel to Ohio next week to play a non-conference game against Malone University. The next home game for the St. Xavier University Cougars will be on Oct. 15 versus Quincy University at 1:00p.m. If you cannot make it to any of the home games, be sure to listen to WXAV 88.3fm or go to wxav.com, your home for all your Cougar football needs.

Coach Feminis. Photo: SXU Athletics

Dungeons and Dragons for Jocks Your weekly fantasy football review

By Greg Pilafas Sports Editor Fantasy football is going really strong through the first four games of the season so far. We here at The Xavierite, talk all of the time about fantasy football and we have seen so many surprises as well as great players and bust players. This week we took a look at the boom player, bust player and surprise player of the week. There have been many surprises this season, and also some surprise teams this season. There have been some disappointments as well as we always see in fantasy football. Disagree with us? Agree? E-mail us here at thexavierite@yahoo.com.

Boom Player:

Bust Player:

Surprise Player:

Aaron Rodgers (QB, GB)- Rodgers went 29 of 38 for a career-high 408 yards with four touchdowns through the air. He also added two rushing touchdowns for a total of six all purpose touchdowns. Rodgers finished with a quarterback rating of 134.5 in this game and looked strong once again. The Packers have a very ‘easy’ schedule coming up so Rodgers’ numbers will continue to soar.

Ben Roethlisberger (QB, PIT)- Roethlisberger came off a game where he had four turnovers against the Colts, Roethlisberger continued his bad play against the Texans. Roethlisberger went 16 of 30 for 206 yards and one interception. Roethlisberger on the season has five interceptions as well as four fumbles. He left the game with a foot sprain .

Matt Forte (RB, CHI)- Matt Forte had nine carries for just two yards in the Bears previous game against the Packers, but against the Panthers, Forte was let loose. He had 25 carriers for 205 yards and also one touchdown. Forte had a huge bounce back game against the Panthers, and I expect Forte to keep up his strong play in the coming weeks. Photos: http://www.celebopedia.net/

Upcoming Intramural Events 3 on 3 Basketball

Tuesday Oct 11, 7pm at the Shannon Center

Dodgeball

Thursday Oct 27, 7pm at the Shannon Center

Ice Skating

Wednesday Nov 2, 10pm at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena

Basketball League

Monday Nov 7, 7pm at the Shannon Center

SXU Intramurals Photo: SXU Intramural Facebook

What are Intramurals? Intramurals are a series of programs which allow the SXU Commnunity to particiapate in competitive and recreational sports activities. Such activities include softball, ultimate frisbie, basketball, and much more

*You must register for all intramural activities

For information please contact Kristy Allen at 773.298.3586 or kallen@sxu.edu


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Athlete Spotlight: Desiree Aramburu know or get about volleyball?

By Greg Pilafas Sports Editor Every week I will be interviewing your Saint Xavier Cougar Athletes. This week I interviewed Desiree Aramburu of the Cougar women’s volleyball team. Q: Why did you choose Saint Xavier? A: I had originally gone to Radford University in Virginia, but it was really far away and I got a little homesick. When I came back, I knew I wanted to play around here. I contacted my coaches back at Mother McAuley and they said that I should try Xav’s so I contacted the coach. I knew about five or six of the girls when I played either with them or against them. I knew that they were great players and just amazing people in general. I wanted to play for a good team and I knew that Saint Xavier had a really solid team coming in. Q: What’s your major? A: I am a communication sciences and disorders major; I eventually want to go to grad school for audiology, which studies hearing, balance and related disorders. Q: What made you get into volleyball? A: I am one of six so my family got me into volleyball. My older sister and my older cousin both played volleyball at McAuley. I was always a jock and loved sports; I would play everything. Volleyball just has this uniqueness about it where you just have to play as a team; you can’t just function with one good player because everyone has to be good Q: What does the average person not

A: In volleyball you have to work as a unit. In other sports you can get by with one or two good players, but in volleyball everyone is touching the ball. You have to have more than one star athlete, four at the minimum. The bench has to be deep. It is really a mental game and you have to be prepared to go in at any second. Q: How’s the balance of school work and being an athlete? A: You definitely have to have good time management skills. We have like five nurses on the team and they are constantly studying on the bus. Everyone is always making sure they have good GPA’s and good grades and if you get free time, it is really rare because you are normally doing homework. Q: Who has been your biggest supporter? A: My parents and my family have been my biggest supporters. My sister and my cousin have been really supportive of me and they have pushed me to be my best. My parents have basically bent over backwards to get me what I needed. Coming from a big family, my parents always make time for you; my parents are super supportive when it comes to that. Q: What’s your outlook on the rest of the season? A: I think we definitely have some tough tests coming up and I think that if we stay focused we can do really well. We have to buckle down and keep improving; right now we are riding a really big high. We have to make sure that in practice we get drills done and we are efficient and

Above: Desiree Aramburu of the women’s volleyball team. Photo: The Xavierite

I think we have a really good chance of doing some good damage in Conference. If we make it to Nationals, I think we have a good chance of doing some good work there too. Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: I will take a second before each game just by myself. I will visualize the game prior to the start. It’s really good to calm my nerves. I like to stay away from rituals because I don’t want to not do it one time and it throws me off.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Stop in the Campus Bookstore starting Monday, October 10 for your free gift (while supplies last) with the purchase of any “PINK” items in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

SXU CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

3700 West 103rd St. Chicago, IL 60655 (773) 298-3115

http://bookstore.sxu.edu

Bookstore Bites Attention all graduating nursing students: The deadline to order your nursing pins is October 24, 2011.


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SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Hits a Tough Stretch By Greg Pilafas Sports Editor The Saint Xavier women’s volleyball team has started off the season at a staggering 15-3 record. They have played excellent in each one of their games and have played as a unit all season. When asked about the teams’ success this season, Coach Heersema said, “The key to success for us is to have basically the whole returning group from last years team came back this season. Having some great players added to the program as well is a huge plus.” “The girls trained pretty hard over the summer and the new girls joining us are pretty talented. The key for sure though is having the returning core of starters are all back for us this season,” said Heersema. The Cougars lost a tough game to number thirteen ranked Taylor University (Indiana) on Saturday, Oct. 1. The women lost in four sets dropping this game three sets to one. The final scores of the four sets were 1625, 22-25, 25-23 and 19-25. Saint Xavier was riding a seven game winning streak before losing to Taylor University, the winning streak dated back to Sept. 6 when they lost to Olivet Nazarene University. Coach Heersema on playing Taylor University said, “The reason why I did that match was to prepare us if we were to go to Nationals, because we would have to play a really difficult team. I just want us to prepare for that and I wanted to give them this matchup right off the bat to get us ready.”

Kayla Mullaney was strong in this game with 14 kills and nine digs. Kim Scudder added ten kills of her own to go along with three service aces. Desiree Aramburu posted huge numbers with 37 assists as well as twenty digs in this contest. Kelly Knudsen added double-digit digs with ten and she had nine kills as well in this game. Back on Thursday, Sept. 29, the Saint Xavier women’s volleyball team defeated one of their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rivals in Saint Francis University (Illinois). The women shut out Saint Francis in this match-up, three sets to zero. This game was a home game for the Cougars where they have an undefeated record of 8-0 so far this season. “I think that it is every teams goal to win at home, it just so happens that we got a few more games at home this season, we are normally on the road,” said Coach Heersema. The final scores in this game were 25-15, 25-14 and 25-17. This was the first time that the women’s volleyball team had beaten Saint Francis of Illinois in three years. Desiree Aramburu was huge again in this game, this time posting 38 assists to go along with eight digs. Kim Scudder, Kelly Knudsen, and Kayla Mullaney each added eleven kills in this game. The Cougars were on the attack the whole time in this contest, the team combined for 15 total blocks in this game. Scudder and Colleen O’Hara each had four of those 15 blocks in this game.

Cross Country Team’s Continue to Impress Both Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Off to Great Starts By Greg Pilafas Sports Editor Both the women’s and men’s cross country team are off to fantastic starts so far this season. Both of the teams had important meets on Saturday, Oct. 1. Starting with the men, they competed in a race down in Louisville, Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Classic that featured 33 different teams. The men would place in the middle of the pack with a sixteenth place finish. This match-up was an 8K race that featured schools from all over the nation. Some of the schools included were Lipscomb University (Tennessee), University of Detroit Mercy, University of South Alabama, and also Ferris State University (Michigan). Sophomore Brian Corcoran finished in seventh place out of a race that featured 285 runners with a time of 25:08.21. Corcoran continues his hot streak as he has been such a huge piece for the men’s cross country team thus far. Also for the Cougars, senior Matt Rychel had a race time of 26:27.08 and finished up in 103rd place. Right behind Rychel was sophomore Chris Shellenberger who finished with a time of 26:31.56 for a 108th place finish. Lipscomb University (Tennessee) would come in first place in this race. They would be followed by Ferris State University (Michigan) who finished in second place and also Southeast Missouri State who finished in third place. The next race for the men’s cross country team is slated for Friday, Oct. 7 at 5p.m. This match-up will be held at Bethel College course in South Bend, Indiana, for the Bethel Invitational.

As for the women’s cross country team, they would finish in fifteenth place out of forty-five teams. The women had a very strong showing recently at the Sean Earl Invitational at Montrose Harbor in Chicago on Oct. 1. This race was a 5K race which many schools from across the United States as well as the world competed in. Senior Rachael Dean would have another strong showing in this game with a 27th place finish in a race of 538 runners. Dean has been very strong for this cross country team as she continues to shine each and every meet. She has been a vital part of the Cougars team this year and has been a key player this entire season. Junior Ashley Shares would finish with an 82nd place finish in this contest. Also, Elise Prieto and Jordan Wallace would end with a 120th and 128th place finish in this race respectively. This match-up was won by Iowa who came in first place, then coming in second place was McMaster University (Canada), and also finishing up in third place was Western Ontario University (Canada). The women had both United States teams as well as teams from different countries competing in this race. The next race for the women will be on Friday, Oct. 7 at 5p.m. This is the Bethel College Cross Country Invitational at the St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, Indiana. Both the women’s and men’s cross country teams have had excellent showings so far. Students are encouraged to support their fellow classmates by attending their meets whenever possible. pilafas.g01@mymail.sxu.edu

The women’s volleyball team will look to regroup after their tough loss. Photo: SXU Athletics

The Cougars will try to regroup after their tough loss to number thirteen ranked Taylor University when they return home on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Cougars will face off against another tough opponent in Trinity Christian College at 7 p.m. This will be another touch match for the Cougars as they do not want to start a losing streak. This team has bounced back all season

and this game will be another difficult test for Saint Xavier in preparation for the future for the Cougars. Come on out and pack the stands for your Cougars on Thursday. This team has played so well this whole season and they will be looking for the home support! pilafas.g01@mymail.sxu.edu

Cougars beat St. Francis

Senior Jimmy Coy leads the Cougs past #2 ranked University of Saint Francis. Photos: SXU Athletics

By Alan Paape Sports Contributor

The Saint Xavier Cougar football team faced their toughest game of the season this past Saturday. The Cougars traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take on one of their biggest rivals, the University of St. Francis Cougars. These teams met twice last year at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field on the campus of Saint. Xavier University. Saint Xavier won both of those meetings last season by a combined score of 70-27. For the first time in the history of this rivalry, these two teams met in a battle of number one SXU versus number two USF.

The atmosphere at the stadium on Saturday made it feel like this game was the Super Bowl of the regular season for these two teams. St. Francis had their stands filled, the St. Xavier fans traveled well and field their fan section as well. Saint Xavier struggled out of the gate and turned the ball over on their first offensive series of the game. St. Francis turned the fumble into points on their very next drive and found themselves with an early 3-0 lead. The SXU offense could not get anything FOOTBALL >

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