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Xavier Magazine | September 23, 2017

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Night Movers

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If New York is the city that never sleeps, Xavier has taken a bite out of the Big Apple. In an era of never-ending options, the campus has become a 24/7 community, with more and more night classes, workers toiling through the graveyard shift in an effort to keep up with the demand, and students active and (mostly) alert through the wee hours. Then, before the dawn breaks on another day, ROTC students and others are up exercising, taking classes and setting the whole mass into motion once again.

For many students, studying doesn’t begin until late into the night after all of the day’s activities are complete. Some stay in their rooms. Others find quiet and solitude elsewhere on campus.

After the library closes at 1:00 a.m., students flock to the Gallagher Center, which they successfully lobbied to have stay open 24 hours a day. There, studying continues until the early morning hours—with occassional breaks for games or snacks.

The students aren’t the only ones awake, though. Campus police continue their patrols. Workers clean the University’s buildings. And chefs in the Hoff Dining Hall keep the ovens warm throughout the night. In order to clear the kitchen for preparation of the day’s meals, all desserts are made the night before.

While the pace of campus slows a bit compared to the daytime, the quiet of the night is often interrupted by events, such as basketball games or guest speakers.

At dawn, while most students are finally sleeping and employees haven’t flooded the campus yet, Army ROTC students are put through their paces, undergoing physical training and learning military routines. They finish around 8:00 a.m.—just as the day’s first classes begin.

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