The opening of the Cintas Center immediately made Xavier one of the area’s hot spots on the concert and lecture tours. Among the many high-profile events at the center this year were:
• Rap singer, community activist, actress and author Sister Souljah, who lectured on “Black History on a Predominantly White Campus” in February.
• Christian author Max Lucado, who closed out his national tour with a storytelling performance in March that was simulcast to 650 churches around the country.
• Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of MTV’s popular “Loveline” show, who spoke in March about alcohol and substance abuse, relationships, the necessity for instinct and integrity in making healthy decisions, and the need for edu-cating young people about issues challenging them today.
• Multifaceted singer Sarah Brightman, who christened the Cintas Center’s concert stage with a performance in March.
• “Saturday Night Live” come-dian Jimmy Fallon, who performed a stand-up routine and wide assortment of celebrity impressions in April.
• Pop groups Blessid Union of Souls and Fastball, who shared the stage in a high-energy concert in April.