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  • A Closer Look at the Recent Open Houses
    Campus News, Opinions, Student Life

    A Closer Look at the Recent Open Houses

    By Eric Myskowski, Assistant Reporter

    December 5, 2017

    After suffering lackluster enrollment last year, Xavier has placed an elevated importance on open houses and other ways to bring prospective students to the school. The turnout at the open houses was strong, especially at the November open house which historically had garnered little interest from prospective students. Overall, about 250 perspective students came, higher than the turnout for the previous...

  • Why Do People Believe Halloween Is So Scary?
    Opinions, Student Life, uncategorized

    Why Do People Believe Halloween Is So Scary?

    By Alexander Pralea, Editor

    October 31, 2017

    Over the past millennia, the date October 31st has always held in special place in the eyes of the West. Originally an agricultural holiday emphasizing the closeness of the earth with the spirit world, All Hallows’ Eve has long evoked fear and mistrust. This is especially true in the modern era, in which unsubstantiated theories on the dangers of Halloween have been reported. If one pays attention t...

  • The Decline of NFL TV Ratings
    Sports

    The Decline of NFL TV Ratings

    By Eric Myskowski, Assistant Reporter

    October 17, 2017

    The decline of TV ratings for the NFL is continuing this year. Last week’s ratings are down eight percent from the 2016 season and eighteen percent from 2015. According to ESPN, the number of viewers is at 15.156 million viewers in 2017 down from 18.438 million in 2015. This continuing trend is starting to worry the league because a huge portion of their revenue comes from television advertisements....

A Closer Look at the Recent Open Houses

By Eric Myskowski, Assistant Reporter

December 5, 2017No Comments

After suffering lackluster enrollment last year, Xavier has placed an elevated importance on open houses and other ways to bring prospective students to the school. The turnout at the open houses was strong, especially at the November open house which historically had garnered little interest from prospective...

Why Students Must Attend College to Access their Spiritual Side

Why Students Must Attend College to Access their Spiritual Side

November 30, 2017

To people who swear that school lacks any importance, I am here to convince you to go to further your education. As a successful pool technician, I have realized that I have attained my success only because of having gone to college. Of all the many things I have learned at college, from my talents t...

Why Do People Believe Halloween Is So Scary?

Why Do People Believe Halloween Is So Scary?

October 31, 2017

Over the past millennia, the date October 31st has always held in special place in the eyes of the West. Originally an agricultural holiday emphasizing the closeness of the earth with the spirit world, All Hallows’ Eve has long evoked fear and mistrust. This is especially true in the modern era, i...

XNN Merger

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

September 26, 2017No Comments

The Kestrel is proud to announce its merger with Falcon Talk and XSN (Xavier Streaming Network). This collaboration will allow each club to retain a separate identity, but also allows for Xavier to have a news network that is the most full-featured. XNN (Xavier News Network) will broaden the user bas...

Xavier Music Shines at Festival

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

May 3, 2017No Comments

This past weekend, the Xavier Music program competed in a music festival against other schools in the area. The competition was called Music In The Park, which is a competition where the groups compete at a high school and then head to an amusement park after the performance. This competition was held...

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

March 7, 2017No Comments

Jesus Christ Superstar is this year’s Xavier/Mercy musical. It is based off the 1971 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It follows the last week of Jesus’s life from arriving at Jerusalem, to his crucifixion on Good Friday. It also details the struggle between the ideals of Jesus and...

Top Games of 2017

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

December 12, 2017No Comments

2017 for video games has been “interesting” to say the least. While this has been a great year with new consoles, games, and excitement throughout, there has also been many low points and controversies. Games that didn’t live up to expectation like Mass Effect Andromeda and Sonic Forces. Games that had gr...

Super Mario Odyssey: A Return to 3D Roots

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

November 2, 2017No Comments

January 12, 2017 The first trailer for Super Mario Odyssey was released during the Nintendo Switch Presentation and I was in shock and awe during the whole thing. Seeing Mario run and jump through huge sandbox like levels brought me back to the time when I was playing older games of the same style,...

The Growth of Battle Royale

By Joshua Rigsby, Editor

October 3, 2017No Comments

With the success of games like H1Z1: King of the Kill, PLAYERUNKNOWN’s: Battlegrounds (PUBG), and Fortnite: Battle Royale; I feel many people are confused as to what exactly a Battle Royale game is. Battle Royale is a sub-genre of shooters. The basic premise of Battle Royale is that a group of players...

By Revanth Yalamanchi, Assistant reporter

October 19, 2017No Comments

Every year the National Collegiate Athletic Association awards the year's top college football player with the Heisman trophy, the most prestigious award they can attain. Since 1935, players have received this award created by the downtown athletic club directed by John Heisman. This year the top...

The Decline of NFL TV Ratings

By Eric Myskowski, Assistant Reporter

October 17, 2017No Comments

The decline of TV ratings for the NFL is continuing this year. Last week’s ratings are down eight percent from the 2016 season and eighteen percent from 2015. According to ESPN, the number of viewers is at 15.156 million viewers in 2017 down from 18.438 million in 2015. This continuing trend is starting...

Uconn Football: The Return of Randy Edsall

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

October 3, 2017No Comments

As an avid Uconn fan, I was excited for the football season to start up. This has been my second year of following the team and going to a good amount of their games along with my father and grandfather. While not my favorite Uconn sport, (I have season tickets for Hockey instead), I still enjoy going...

Top Games of 2017

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

No Comments

2017 for video games has been “interesting” to say the least. While this has been a great year with new consoles, games, and excitement throughout, there has also been many low points and controversies. Games that didn’t live up to expectation like Mass Effect Andromeda and Sonic Forces. Games that had great aspects but focused on microtransacti...

A Closer Look at the Recent Open Houses

By Eric Myskowski, Assistant Reporter

No Comments

After suffering lackluster enrollment last year, Xavier has placed an elevated importance on open houses and other ways to bring prospective students to the school. The turnout at the open houses was strong, especially at the November open house which historically had garnered little interest from prospective students. Overall, about 250 perspective...

The Dangers of Microtransactions

By Joshua Rigsby, Editor

No Comments

As video games become more mainstream and development prices increase many publishers have been looking for ways to increase profits from their games. The most popular way of going about it nowadays is through microtransactions. For those unaware, a microtransaction is a purchase made with real money for an in-game item. These in themselves are not...

Why Do People Believe Halloween Is So Scary?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

No Comments

Over the past millennia, the date October 31st has always held in special place in the eyes of the West. Originally an agricultural holiday emphasizing the closeness of the earth with the spirit world, All Hallows’ Eve has long evoked fear and mistrust. This is especially true in the modern era, in which unsubstantiated theories on the dangers of ...

How Using Drawboard PDF Can Make You More Efficient

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

No Comments

As many students now choose to eschew the traditional methods of paper and pencil note-taking, Onenote has taken the role of most popular note-taking app. Despite this, many students fail to realize how else they can use their computers in order to best take advantage of it. Perusing through the student body, one notices that very few students onlin...

Why Students Must Attend College to Access their Spiritual Side

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

November 30, 2017No Comments

To people who swear that school lacks any importance, I am here to convince you to go to further your education. As a successful pool technician, I have realized that I have attained my success only because of having gone to college. Of all the many things I have learned at college, from my talents to valuable lessons, the most important has been my...

Brothers In Turmoil as Railroad Club Takes over Basement Swimming Pool

By Laurenz Mosquito, Senior Reporter

November 7, 2017No Comments

Railroad club, headed by Freshman Civics teacher Brother Thomas Ryan, C.F.X., unexpectedly announced last Tuesday the acquisition of Xavier’s basement swimming pool, which had previously belonged to the school's brothers. As part of the acquisition, Brother Ryan announced that only members of the railroad club could use the establishment, causing...

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

October 30, 2017No Comments

           As the school year progresses, students feel pressured to indulge themselves in the unhealthy cafeteria food rampant with grease and fat. This pressure evinces itself in the evidence. Eating foods high in calories and low in nutrition, many Xavier students have ballooned in size during their tenure at Xavier. This fundamental issue, ...

By Alexander Pralea, Reporter

March 30, 2017No Comments

Of all the tenets of Xavier High School, its fascination and firm commitment to education and enlightenment are most absurd. At Xavier, the teachers are supposed to teach and shine a new light on a topic, to invest energy to change the attitude of a student, thereby instilling Xaverian values. Xavier is renowned for this throughout Connecticut, as a ...

By Tyler Mathiasen, Assistant Reporter

March 2, 2017No Comments

  It is 6th period, the classes are switching, and you are thirsty. You sprint to the nearest water fountain, hoping you won’t be late to class. Finally, you make it to the fountain, only to find the water is warm. This scenario happens daily in the halls of Xavier High School. Why does a person need to run to the water fountain to get a s...

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