You can find some pretty neat things by browsing through archived issues of the Xavier Newswire. We gave our intrepid student a pith helmet and shovel and instructed him to start digging into the faded yellow pages of yesteryear. Here’s what life at Xavier was like back in the day:
In classrooms today, students seem to care less about their appearance than their predecessors. Some apparently just roll out of bed and head to class, literally showing up in their pajamas. Not so in 1928, when “dress for success” was the norm. Back then, students wore suits to class. Oxford gray. What a change it would be if everyone wore a suit and tie today. Then again, back in 1928 they only cost $35. Even students can afford that.
Some truths are self-evident. Like college cafeteria food can be hard to swallow. A quick tour through the Hoff Dining Hall might challenge that assumption. Oven-fired pizza is always easy on the tastebuds. But there are always students who hate it no matter how good it is. Except, it seems, Xavier students in 1915. The Archive Dive found this announcement for a turkey dinner (bet it was a real turkey, too) served up in the lunchroom, which at that time was located in Hinkle Hall. The cafeteria was so confident that students would enjoy it, they offered a money-back guarantee.
It appears the CIA agents forgot to use their black markers to cover up their tracks here at XU, as evidenced by the ad on the left. No clue how many Xavier grads took-up the offer to interview with the clandestine agency, but at your next reunion weekend, keep on the lookout for the obvious clues– men ordering martinis (shaken, not stirred), women speaking with heavy Russian accents. But remember, we didn’t tell you anything…
Another gem that we found hidden in the Newswire archives has to do with pizza. Because although it seems like college is more expensive these days, some things about college-life never change. Like the price of a pizza pie. Take Domino’s, for instance. The pizza-maker is using practically the same promotion today—a $5.99 special—that it did in 1988 (it was $5.95 then). The only difference in the promotion is that now you have to buy two items to get the $5.99 price per each. If inflation has gone up substantially, yet the price has gone up only 4 cents, something’s had to change to maintain profit margins. We wonder what that could be? Hmmmm.