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The Black Brigade By Tyrone Williams

January 3, 2013 |


White shopkeepers,

farmers, traders

have assembled of their own accord,

Under one flag

With one sword

But we are not welcome

to defend our home

because our skin

is black.



Who are you? What do you want?

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Charlie Gallagher Tribute

January 1, 2013 |


View a slideshow of Charlie Gallagher photos.

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Ed Burke recalls his time in WWII (video)

January 1, 2013 |

Ed Burke, a 1942 graduate, recalls part of his time as a tank destroyer commander in the 29th Infantry in World War II.


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Xavier Football: The Next Generation

October 1, 2012 |

For Ben Ballard, the football field has always been the scene of both great triumph and great tragedy.


One of the worst days of Ballard’s life, for instance, was Sept. 25, 1971, when he and his Xavier football teammates … Read More

Xavier Football: Did You Know?

October 1, 2012 |

The next time you’re in Columbus, go to The Varsity, the epicenter of Ohio State idolatry. Belly up to the bar and make this simple wager: “Name the team that Woody Hayes played at least twice and never beat.”

First … Read More

Xavier Football: Why Was the Program Dropped

October 1, 2012 |

Many, if not most, Jesuit universities played Division I football at some point during the early to mid-20th Century. And they were good. Marquette played Texas Christian University in the first Cotton Bowl. Fordham, which may be best remembered for … Read More

Xavier Football: The Silver Years

October 1, 2012 |

If Ed Kluska’s 1949 to 1951 teams represented the “golden age” of Xavier football, Ed Biles’ teams of 1962 to 1968 represent its “silver age.”

Biles had a solid 6-4 first season highlighted by two of the greatest season-ending, back-to-back … Read More

Xavier Football: The Three Musketeers

October 1, 2012 |

Fordham had its “Seven Blocks of Granite.” Notre Dame had its “Four Horsemen.” In the 1950s, Xavier had the “Three Musketeers” of Mike Conaton, Jim Brockhoff and Steve Junker.

Their battles on the gridiron prepared them well for later life. … Read More

Negative to Positive: An Encounter with Pope John XXIII By John W. Poynton

October 1, 2012 |

I arose early on March 19, 1963, and downed a quick cup of cappuccino and breakfast roll in anticipation of attending the Beatification of Luigi Maria Palazzolo later that afternoon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. But first I had … Read More

World Choir Games Friendship Concert

October 1, 2012 |

The World Choir Games were held in Cincinnati this summer, bringing 15,000 people from 64 countries to the region. Nearly 1,000 of the participants stayed in Xavier’s residence halls during the 11-day event. Among those competing in the Games: Xavier’s … Read More