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Xavier Magazine | August 28, 2014

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Posts By By France Griggs Sloat

Sounding the Voices of Manatees

August 12, 2014 |

Florida manatees—those big gangly gray elephants of the sea—do not have vocal cords. Yet they are able to make their high-pitched squeaks and squawks to communicate, a Xavier biology professor has found, using a modified structure of tissue folds that distort … Read More

Mindful Health

April 28, 2014 |

Judi Godsey did not have to look far to see the devastating effects of extreme poverty. Most of the people in her home in McCreary County, Ky.—a beautiful part of the country in the rolling Appalachian foothills near Lake … Read More

Better Biology: Beating Cancer

April 28, 2014 |

Cancer sucks. So Jennifer Sunderman Broo is doing something about it. Rather than teaching the same old boring curriculum about cells, the biology teacher at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati developed her own curriculum that teaches her students about the cell … Read More

Behind the…Bellarmine Chapel Roof

April 28, 2014 |

• Construction of St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel was completed in 1962, replacing the previous chapel, which was located in Schmidt Hall. 

• Its roof is a freestanding hyperbolic paraboloid that is unsupported by its exterior walls.

• … Read More

Prison Healers: Body and Mind

April 28, 2014 |

Susan Harrod’s first day in jail was eye-opening. She quickly learned, for instance, that she wasn’t the only Xavier graduate there. Enter Thomas Freytag. 

Although Harrod knew Freytag—both grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a town small enough it’s … Read More

Losing Weight: Gaining a New Life

April 27, 2014 |

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Five years ago, Kourtney Kelly bellied up to Wicked Twister, a roller coaster ride at Cedar Point amusement park not too far from her home in Toledo. It was a tradition to go with friends and family … Read More

How the story went viral

April 25, 2014 |

Dec. 1, 2013 Before moving out of his house, Ben Nunery and daughter, Olivia, pose for photos taken by Melanie Pace, his late wife, Ali’s, sister. They strike several of the same poses as Ben and Ali did on … Read More

The X Factor

April 25, 2014 |

They call it Thirsty Thursday. On the first Thursday of the month, everyone who is within driving distance meets at a bar, a restaurant or one of their houses and they catch up on their lives—marriage, babies, family, memories.

A Life (in Pictures)

April 25, 2014 |

Ben Nunery made a promise.  His wife, Ali, was slowly dying of sarcomatoid carcinoma, a rare form of lung cancer.  “Promise me,” she said, “that you will never let Olivia forget me.”

He promised.

In the two years … Read More

Eyes on the Sky

October 2, 2013 |

In the waning daylight of a Friday in June 1961, a red and white Ford station wagon rambles down the hilly twists and turns of Zion Road, pushing out beyond the western edges of Cincinnati. The breeze blows through the … Read More

The Circle of Life: Women and Business in Africa

October 2, 2013 |

Josephine Lando began making dresses in high school. It was a hobby at first, but soon her friends began asking her to make them dresses, too. By the time she finished boarding school and returned to her home in Rongai, … Read More

Alumni Profile: Victoria Raymond

October 2, 2013 |

VICTORIA RAYMOND Bachelor of Science in biology, 2004 Certified Genetic Counselor, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.

A Matter of Degrees | Victoria Raymond loved math and biology, but was advised against majoring in both. So she stayed … Read More

Poetic Therapy: Healing Wounds Through Words of War

October 2, 2013 |

Chris Collins saw a lot of bad things on his tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Explosions. Injured soldiers. Dead civilians. But what haunts him most is the image of a young Afghani boy, about 8 years old, who had stepped … Read More

The Lesson of Life: Joe Pichler’s Climb up the Food Chain

October 2, 2013 |

Joe Pichler calls himself “the luckiest man in the world.” It wasn’t always so.

The man who would one day lead one of the largest grocery chains in the country began life happily enough as the fifth of six children … Read More

Parent Approved: Saving a School

October 1, 2013 |

When Janeece Docal was handpicked to be the new principal of Powell Elementary School, she had to wonder if the superintendent and school board didn’t like her.

Along with the keys to the office, she was handed a failing … Read More

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