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Xavier Magazine | September 22, 2014

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Posts By By France Griggs Sloat

The Uncivil Fight for Rights

September 17, 2014 |

By the time Ken Blackwell returned from Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in Atlanta in early April 1968, the worst of the riots in Cincinnati were over. Two people died during the melee on April 8, and the National Guard … Read More

Human Trafficking: 21st Century Slavery

September 16, 2014 |

Harold and Dancy D’Souza arrived from India in 2003 excited about the future in America for them and their two boys. But their dreams were soon dashed when they realized the family friend—a man they called “uncle” who promised a … Read More

Girl Geeks: Computing Education

September 16, 2014 |

A funny thing happened to Jill Pala on her way to becoming a high school math teacher. She found out she was a computer geek. And she liked it. A lot. Better than math. “I had no idea what it … Read More

Urban Farming: Taking Root

September 15, 2014 |

It’s a chilly morning in early May. Amy Matthews pulls a knit cap over her auburn hair as she moves among the rows of fruits and vegetables on South Circle Farm. The strawberries are blooming and the kale is coming … Read More

The Office: Marsha Karagheusian

September 15, 2014 |

Like an afterthought, Marsha Karagheusian’s office is tucked into a corner of the rambling, crowded ceramics studio in the bowels of the Cohen Center. It’s not very big. The shelves overflow with things she uses today as well as things … Read More

The Civil Rights Legacy at Xavier

September 14, 2014 |

Xavier came a long way in the decade that began with the Civil Rights Movement. But then, it had a long way to go. The University had been admitting black students since the 1940s. But in 1965 it discovered it … Read More

Civil Rights at Xavier Today

September 14, 2014 |

An African-American student recently told history professor Christine Anderson about an incident when a white girl in her residence hall spelled out the “n” word on a Facebook posting asking people to describe Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” … Read More

Summer Dresses

September 14, 2014 |

Sometimes, English professor Trudelle Thomas imagines herself walking down a dirt road on the rugged island nation of Haiti. In the midst of drab shacks and the smell of raw sewage, she comes upon a group of little girls jumping … Read More

Distance Teaching

September 5, 2014 |

For two semesters, Jennifer Tighe taught students in classrooms at refugee camps half a world away.

 

It wasn’t easy. Her students struggled with challenges unimaginable to her traditional students at Xavier.

The language barrier was one—for most of her students, … Read More

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

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