Winter 2013

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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Poetic Justice

January 2, 2013 |

Tyrone Williams has lived in Cincinnati for nearly 30 years. It’s his home. But during his three decades here, at least one piece of the city’s storied history eluded him—the story of the Black Brigade, Cincinnati’s free black men who were rounded up during the Civil War and forced into slave labor to protect the city from advancing Confederate troops.Read More

Mirror Image

January 2, 2013 |

On his first day as a gear-cutter at the BorgWarner plant, Kelly Phelps strides up to the cavernous factory wearing Carhartt coveralls, thick leather steel-toed boots and safety helmet pulled close.Read More

Xavier Through the Seasons

January 2, 2013 |

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 seasonsRead More

XU Alum Recounts His Time in the Military during WWII

January 1, 2013 |

Ed Burke graduated from Xavier in 1942. He immediately entered WWII as the commander of a tank destroyer battalion, earning a Silver Star for this efforts, which included storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and helping liberate three French townsRead 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

Into the Wild: A Teaching Experience That is Both Intense and In Tents

January 1, 2013 |

Mike Cottingham is a teacher. Only his classroom is 13,770 feet up on top of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain. It’s also in a kayak next to a humpback whale just off Alaska’s Chochagoff Island. And in the middle of the … Read More

Center Stage

January 1, 2013 |

Nate Davis wasn’t even back to his seat when his phone started ringing. The former Marine sergeant, who’s now director of Xavier’s Center for Veterans Affairs, received an invitation to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September about … Read More

Charlie Gallagher Tribute

January 1, 2013 |


View a slideshow of Charlie Gallagher photos.

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Fast Track

January 1, 2013 |

Tony Barber has chosen to take the road less traveled—and at the highest speed possible.

In 2004, Barber quit his traditional white-collar job of managing a call center for a local Fortune 500 company. He ditched the 9-to-5, power ties … Read More