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“In 2010 and 2011, a Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence examined the issue of sexual misconduct at Xavier, the discipline process and best practices. In our report, we underscored that several factors are essential to a safe campus. First, the university must address complaints of sexual misconduct promptly. Second, victims must feel safe on campus and have trust in the discipline process. Finally, penalties for violence and sexual misconduct must both reflect the serious nature of an offense and protect the safety of the complainant and the campus. In this vein, the student handbook was revised to articulate sexual misconduct offenses as violations of “Respect for Others” and to include guideline sanctions for all offenses, including those most serious ones such as rape, for which the sanction was expulsion.”
Associate professor Ann Marie Tracey, former Common Pleas Court judge, in an opinion piece in The Cincinnati Enquirer about Xavier’s efforts to improve the discipline process involving sexual misconduct by students

“I was afraid they will not like me because I am Muslim, or they will want me to go to church. At first, when I saw the crosses on the classroom walls, it was very strange for me.”
Falah Nasser Garoot, a Saudi graduate student in business at Xavier in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser on the growth of Muslim students on Catholic college campuses

“Immigrants are the ones, more than anyone, who will keep the fires of the American Dream burning. The more recent the arrival, the stronger the commitment. If you come from a place where there is no law, or a place where you have no food, and you’re ready to bust your ass to get it, this is a good place to come.”
Michael Ford, founding director of the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier, in The St. Joseph News-Press on a Pew Research Center study showing the middle class is deteriorating

“St. Ignatius and St. Francis had different backgrounds—one was highly educated, the other was not—and different approaches—one was more about living, the other about thinking—but still both were soldiers and suffered through many of the same things soldiers face today when they return from battle. Both found that faith can bring you through.”
Marine Corps veteran Nate Davis, who earned his degree at Xavier after his own military discharge and now runs the Center for Veterans Affairs, in Catholic Beat on the center’s pilgrimage to Assisi with student veterans

“I wanted to get into a profession where I could do something I like to do. This program is so unique. It’s a godsend.”
Marine Corps veteran and Xavier student Larry McNickles on CincyBizBlog.com on a new non-profit program, Education At Work, that helps college students pay for their tuition

“Those dual identities can increase the intensity. This is no random group of strangers I have no affiliation with other than I choose to root for them. You may actually be a member of the organization compared to one that’s just supporting them financially and with crowd noise.”
Psychology professor Christian End in The Washington Post on high school football rivalries

“The question is about the future of retirement. The plausibility of a great retirement in a place like Florida is diminishing.”
Michael Ford, director of the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier, in The Tampa Bay Times on an AARP survey of Floridians who plan to delay retirement

“Typically what you see are strong brands pairing with other strong brands. My suspicion is that we’ll see more as smaller brands try to see how they can stand out in a crowded marketplace.”
Brian Till, former marketing professor at Saint Louis University and new dean of Xavier’s Williams College of Business, in The St. Louis Post Dispatch on the growing practice of co-branding of products such as Pop-Tarts and Smuckers

“A lot of people understand their ideas and are passionate about them. But they have no idea how to take the next step or how to run a business…We teach them how to run a business, and that builds confidence. They also want to help one another and network, so it’s a positive experience for everyone.”
Joe Carter, business professor and director of the Williams College of Business’ X-lab competition, on Soapboxmedia.com on the program’s third year of competition

“(Schools) really don’t need a quiet room if your staff has the proper training and there is a policy developed. Unless you have a highly trained staff and a specifically designed room, you really put yourself at risk to hurt the student or the staff or both.”
—Associate professor Thomas Knestrict, who specializes in early childhood education, in The Cincinnati Enquirer on the little-known use of “seclusion rooms” for special needs students in public schools

“This is why we have parks. They’re for the preservation of natural vegetation and animals.”
Retired biology professor and researcher Stan Hedeen in The Cincinnati Enquirer on the discovery of a rare clover species, Trifolium stoloniferum, in Cincinnati’s Ault Park

“There is an ancient Jewish mystical teaching that says, ‘The gates of heaven open but to the sound of music.’ Our city, our region and our citizens have just offered up to the world community a performance fit for a world stage. First of all, we learned that “we can.” Second of all, we learned that encountering the world is not scary – it was downright fun. Multiculturalism and diversity can sing a very beautiful song if we hum along. Each and every one of us heard an angelic child’s voice when we heard the gentle sound of a world choir – let us find that voice within us and keep the gates of heaven open. To create a little piece of heaven on the banks of the Ohio River is a miracle we can keep for years to come.”
Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, in a guest column in The Cincinnati Enquirer about the World Choir Games in Cincinnati

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