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Xavier Through the Seasons

Each year, as the seasons change, Xavier’s campus takes on a new look. What was green in the summer becomes golden in the fall. A coat of white winter snow offers contrasts not seen in the sunlight of spring. Take a look at campus through the seasons.

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Off the Court

By all accounts, Jeremy Miller was one of Xavier’s all-time best tennis players. His name still stands several times in the record books—10th in all-time singles wins with 63, 10th in all-time doubles wins with 51, 6th in overall wins with 114.

But during his career at Xavier from 2003-2007, the one-time standout discovered a different kind of love than that found on the tennis court. The philosophy major felt called to become a priest, and this past spring, as the tennis team was preparing for the Atlantic 10 Tournament, Miller was being ordained into the Order of the Diaconate at the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

Miller, who was one of five candidates being ordained, was accompanied by Xavier’s archivist, Thomas Kennealy, S.J., as a Vestor.

Longtime tennis coach Jim Brockhoff was in attendance for the ordination, as well as for Miller’s first homily, which was given on Palm Sunday in Port Clinton, Ohio, near Miller’s hometown of Marblehead, Ohio. A former classmate, Sr. Kate O’Leary, a Franciscan novice in Chicago, was also there.

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Full Stride

Professor of management information systems Mark Frolick picked up his first camera at age 13—an old Nikon FTN that he bought for $300 from the high school newspaper photographer who lived down the road.

He started shooting sports. He liked fast subjects.

Years went by, and Frolick continued pursuing his hobby, adding sunsets, beaches and his pet cats to his list of photographic interests. Then, last fall, another subject caught his eye.

He was attending a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Zoo, and he saw a cheetah running. His eyes widened. “I’ve always loved cheetahs,” he says.

When he learned the Zoo lets the cats loose to run in a field on Saturdays, his imagination took off in a sprint as well.

“It’s like poetry in motion,” he says. “It’s what these animals were born to do.”

Frolick showed up with his camera the next Saturday. And the next. And the one after that. He got to know each of the Zoo’s five cheetahs.

“They have distinct personalities,” he says. “Like housecats.”

There’s Sara, the 12-year-old female, who holds the record as the world’s fastest mammal. (Four years ago, she ran 100 meters in 6.13 seconds.) There’s also Nia, Chance, Bravo and Tommy T.

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only a handful of zoos that run their cheetahs. Keepers release the cats into a field, where they chase a mechanized lure—“basically a dog toy,” says Frolick. Cheetahs aren’t the easiest subjects to photograph. They run as fast as 70 miles per hour, and they turn on a dime.

“Imagine a running back, only running three times as fast,” Frolick says. “You shoot a lot and hope you get something. You spray and pray.”

In hundreds of frames, Frolick might have a few keepers. The rest? “I call them my cheetah butt shots,” he says. “Because that’s all you get. They’re gone.”

Frolick has compiled his favorite cheetah photos into an unpublished book. He’s already adding to that collection. The Cincinnati Zoo has the best cheetah program in the country, he says. He’ll be back documenting these quick cats “any time they’ll let me.”

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Holi Days

Each year Hindus celebrate the seasonal turning from winter to spring with the festival of Holi, a jubilant combination of horseplay and body painting. Xavier’s Center for Interfaith Community Engagement brought the fun-filled, boisterous festival to campus in April. With Indian music playing in the background, participants began by soaking each other with water balloons and hoses, and then—trying to match the colors of spring—showered themselves with a variety of dried colored paint.