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Xavier Magazine | July 30, 2014

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Game Changer

July 2, 2013 |

The official announcement of the worst-kept secret in college sports happened March 20: Xavier is leaving the Atlantic 10 Conference and joining a newly restructured Big East. Talk of the change was a shadow story throughout much of the past year, and making … Read More

Old Man and the Pep Band

January 1, 2013 |

At first glance, Paul Denning’s close-cropped hair, well-proportioned physique and enthusiastic nature portray a man who lives a fairly typical life. But only if one considers it typical to return to college at 46, join the rowing team at age … Read More

Student Success

January 1, 2013 |

In the fall, the NCAA listed the top Division I athletic programs based on its Graduation Success Rate. Xavier’s 97-percent rate placed it 11th in the nation, with 14 of the University’s 18 teams posting a rate of 100 percent. … Read More

Gone Fishin’

January 1, 2013 |

When Tyler Styons and Ian Goddard came to Xavier three years ago, they couldn’t find a club sports team that fit their interests. Hockey? No. Lacrosse? Nah. Rowing? Pass. So they got together and created their own—the Xavier Bass Fishing … Read More

Crosstown Cooperation

January 1, 2013 |

The intense and often-heated Crosstown Shootout, which has drawn the nation’s attention for its fierceness and upsets, has taken on a more sportsmanlike – albeit still intense – air.

The game has been rebranded as the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic, … Read More

Basketball Success

January 1, 2013 |

A study by Basketball Times ranked the men’s basketball program 21st best in the country based on winning percentage, number of NBA players, graduation rate, the University’s U.S. News & World Report academic reputation, the program’s history with NCAA rules … Read More

Sister Act

January 1, 2013 |

Aubree Smith remembers the day her family got the frightening news about her older sister Alex. The sophomore volleyball player at Xavier was suffering extreme pain from a severe back injury, and the family feared the worst—that an old spinal … Read More

Where Are They Now?

October 1, 2012 |

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of Xavier football.

It was a turning point in the history of the University. Agree with it or not, one thing can’t be argued: Xavier produced some quality players—and people. We … Read More

Sweet 16 Sounds

July 1, 2012 |

Some things never get old, like making it to the Sweet 16. Each trip offers its own unique sights and sounds, and this year we recorded a few things we overheard.

“He just kind of wilted, like a flower.” —Joe … Read More

Golfers Gone Wild

July 1, 2012 |

Xavier’s golf program has garnered national attention in the last few years with the success of two of its graduates. Jason Kokrak won five college tournaments for Xavier and qualified for the U.S. Open as a 22-year-old in 2007.

After … Read More

Golf Goes Inside

July 1, 2012 |

Hours after a spring cloudburst, Doug Steiner walks over to a puddle in the parking lot of the Maketewah Country Club, plants his feet in the water and looks up.

“The front door is going to be right…here,” he says.

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Ironman, Iron Mind

July 1, 2012 |

If exercise is an addiction, then swimming was Bryan Krabbe’s gateway drug. Krabbe’s mother, a nurse, is responsible.

She instilled healthy eating and fitness habits in her kids from an early age, and enrolled Krabbe and his sisters in swimming … Read More

Shoots and Scores

July 1, 2012 |

In Chris Bergstrom’s universe, there’s no better place to unwind after a stressful day than at a hockey rink.

“You get on the ice,” he says, “and you don’t think about anything else.”Well, almost. It was on the ice three … Read More

Behind the Wall

July 1, 2012 |

Brandt Bernat took notice when he got an email in March 2010. It was forwarded from Xavier’s club volleyball president Mike Czopek. The return address: prison.

Neither student had received a letter from a prison before. The email was a … Read More

Making a Splash

April 1, 2012 |

Bethanie Griffin’s success isn’t singular among the Musketeers. Xavier swimming has been lapping up victories recently—thanks to solid training, talented new recruits and what head coach Brent MacDonald considers the right blend of individual attention and team spirit.

The team’s … Read More

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