X Files

The Office: Niamh O’Leary

October 1, 2013 |

Assistant professor of English Niamh (pronounced Niev) O’Leary loves everything Shakespeare. She teaches it, researches it, reads it, studies it, writes about it. And she collects it. A trip to her office uncovers a variety of Shakespeare stuff, such as:Read More

Recycling and Toxic Waste: Perfect Chemistry

October 1, 2013 |

At first glance, it looks like a moonshine still. There’s a big container with a long pipe sticking out the top and a tube jutting out the side and into a bottle. When the liquid inside is heated, the vapors … Read More

Cigar Czar

October 1, 2013 |

They say where there’s smoke there’s fire. But for Kevin McKenna, it means more than that. For him, where there’s smoke, there’s business.

The 2005 communications grad manages the cigar humidor at The Party Source in Bellevue, Ky., so … Read More

Food for Thought: A Philosophy of Good Eating

October 1, 2013 |

Jason Perkins wheels his office into a parking spot just outside the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. The office is hard to miss—a bulky 1991 Grumman/Chevy P-30 step van that began its life as a bookmobile in Madison … Read More

Leading the Way: Merging Health Care

October 1, 2013 |

Susan Gilster’s high school counselor meant well when he told her, “You can be three things—a teacher, a nurse or a secretary.” It was typical advice in the early 1970s for a young woman in a small, Midwestern town trying … Read More

Taking on the World: Duathlon Dude

October 1, 2013 |

Buzzbuzzbuzz. Bruce Miller’s alarm sounds. His hand fumbles around until he finds it and shuts it off. It’s 4:30 a.m. At a time when most people simply roll over, Miller rolls out of bed and begins gathering his gear. Read More

A Year of Faith

October 1, 2013 |

It’s been a busy year for Xavier on the faith front.

In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of the Year of Faith—called to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the 50th … Read More

Tapping Roots: Learning about yesterday brings job for today

July 1, 2013 |

Thomas Jordan attended his wife’s annual family reunion in 2008 and wondered why his own family didn’t do the same. Then he realized his father’s death, when Jordan was only 7 years old, had left an historical void. His immediate … Read More

Class Behind Bars: My Overnight Stay in County Lockup

July 1, 2013 |

It must have been later than midnight, and I was counting the squares on the ceiling. My sleeping bag was a few inches short of being long enough to cover both my toes and shoulders, and a dead spider lay on its back six … Read More

Goetta Life: Saving meaty meals the vegan way

July 1, 2013 |

Bratwurst. Chili. Goetta. Cincinnati, nicknamed Porkopolis, is known for its quirky carnivorous dishes. But what if you live in hog city and don’t eat meat? That’s what Caitlin Bertsch, a 2006 math and sociology graduate, asked herself when she cut animal products from … Read More

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