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Xavier Magazine | June 17, 2018

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Posts By By Jacob Baynham

Beyond the Book

July 1, 2011 |

In May 1994, Maria Olberding, a 1990 English major, was jogging through the tony Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park, something she—and a lot of people in the area—did on a regular basis. All hours of the day and night, runners … Read More

Wheels of Fortune

April 1, 2011 |

When he finally dipped his tires in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 27, he had checked off what he calls a “BHAG,” a big, hairy, audacious goal. (Shortly thereafter, he checked off a tray of lasagna and two meatloaves—singlehandedly.)

“I … Read More

Profile: Alvarene Owens

April 1, 2011 |

ALVARENE OWENS Master of Science in corrections, 1973 Owner, Alvarene Ownens Co., LPA Dayton, Ohio

An Early Education | Before Alvarene Owens finished high school, she could recite every U.S. president and the major historical events during their terms. “That’s … Read More

Soldier of the Lord

April 1, 2011 |

The Sudanese government arrested Fr. Bashir Abdelsamad three times before he found his way to Xavier. In the early 1990s, during the height of a civil war, Abdelsamad was a parish priest in the Nuba Mountains of central Sudan. He … Read More

Pedel Power

April 1, 2011 |

Rachel Bensman doesn’t do things halfway. She was a double major—French and biology. She was the Class of 2007 valedictorian. And as soon as she finishes medical school at Ohio State University this spring, she’s jumping on her bicycle and … Read More

Green Thumb

April 1, 2011 | | One Comment

Jonathan Trauth didn’t get into farming for the money. On a Saturday at Findlay Market last fall, he made $12 selling the vegetables he helped grow with eight political refugees from the central African country of Burundi. “I got to … Read More

Gambling on Golf

April 1, 2011 |

Patrick Brown has always been ahead of the game. He finished high school a semester early. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Xavier in 1985 after only two and a half years. He went through law school and … Read More

What a Card

January 2, 2011 |

Just a year ago, Karen Gladstone’s life was normal. Good, but normal. She had a decent advertising career in Chicago, great family and kind friends. She ate the food she liked, listened to music she enjoyed and wore clothes that suited … Read More

The Man Who Brought Down the Mob

January 2, 2011 |

It was midnight when Marcello called. Vincent Presutti was asleep in a New Orleans hotel room, with a gun in a bag by his bed. Joe Marcello, the underboss for the Marcello family, America’s oldest crime … Read More

The Many Faces of Vince Presutti

January 2, 2011 |

In his professional life, Vincent Presutti has been Anthony Piccone and Vincenzo Pascione. He’s been a money launderer, an international drug runner, contract killer, car thief, organized crime associate, arsonist, extortionist and arms dealer. He’s been all of these, and he’s … Read More

Warm Memories

January 1, 2011 |

Were it not for some clutch matchmaking by his lifelong pal Mike McDonald, Tom Carns may never have met Karen Maschmeyer—and hundreds of Cincinnati school children may never have felt the relief of their generosity.

Carns was a sophomore at Xavier … Read More

Aiding Autism

January 1, 2011 |

If Hillary Ran had a thinner skin, she might have been offended when an autistic 4-year-old so detested her singing that it warranted forming his first complete sentence: “Stop singing, Hillary!” But instead of taking it personally, Ran used it … Read More

The Commish

January 1, 2011 |

Dan Ross has a goal. There are about 1,700 participating schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association. As OHSAA commissioner, Ross aims to attend a sporting event at every one. The numbers are not really on his side—it would … Read More

Roses are Read

January 1, 2011 |

Nothing says “I love you” like a dozen roses. Except, perhaps, a dozen roses stamped with the words “I love you.” That’s the theory behind Speaking Roses, anyway, a Utah based firm that patented a process of printing words, pictures and … Read More

Profile: Thom (Gross) Barry

January 1, 2011 |

THOM (GROSS) BARRY Class of 1976 Actor Los Angeles

Farm-raised | Long before he ever dreamt of Hollywood, Thom Barry was a kid growing up on his parents’ farm in Williamsburg, Ohio. He dreaded the summer vacations because that meant working … Read More