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The Process that Gave Us the Famous Black Hole Picture

The Process that Gave Us the Famous Black Hole Picture

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

May 2, 2019

It is true, we have now been able to see a black hole. This is something that was thought unthinkable just a few years ago, but on April 10th, scientists published the ever recorded picture ever of a black hole. It is located at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy 53.5 million light years from ear...

Congressional Term Limits: The Logical Choice

Congressional Term Limits: The Logical Choice

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

March 11, 2019

“No person who has served 6 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate.” While instating congressional term limits would be difficult, it is not by any...

Sister Act: When, Where, and Why?

Sister Act: When, Where, and Why?

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

March 6, 2019

Sister Act is this years Xavier/Mercy Drama Club Musical. It is a Divine Musical Comedy based on the 1982 movie of the same name. It follows Deloris Van Cartier as she is placed in witness protection program at a convent after witnessing a murder by her mobster boyfriend, Curtis Jackson. Upon arriving...

The Yemeni Civil War: How Many More Lives is Too Many?

The Yemeni Civil War: How Many More Lives is Too Many?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

March 1, 2019

Across the world, many noteworthy events go unreported. From a realistic perspective, this is expected; after all, most Americans (even college-educated ones) do not know fundamental facts about immigration, the global economy, and international organizations like NATO and the UN. Americans neither know...

Congressional Term Limits: An Idea as Irresponsible as it is Improbable

Congressional Term Limits: An Idea as Irresponsible as it is Improbable

By Robert Mullins, Assistant Reporter

February 22, 2019

We are only in the very beginning of the 116th Congress, and already, freshmen legislators have hosted a new plague to haunt the halls of the Capitol: an epidemic of terrible ideas. These ideas range from unrealistically ambitious, to downright implausible. Obviously, the most talked-about example of this ...

How our Dress Code is Impairing our Academic Abilities

How our Dress Code is Impairing our Academic Abilities

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

January 24, 2019

A recent study published in the scientific journal Neuroradiology has shown that wearing a neck tie reduces blood flow to the brain by 7.5 percent, something that can lead to a loss in productivity and minor health problems. The idea of wearing a neck tie started in the 1600s, when France hired Cr...

Addressing Climate Change: Changing a Culture

Addressing Climate Change: Changing a Culture
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By Alexander Pralea, Editor

December 13, 2018

In 2006, Al Gore released a film that was years in the making: An Inconvenient Truth. Reporters heralded him as a hero and luminary who used his position of influence to increase public awareness of the pressing issue of climate change. He made few factual errors and was thus universally considered among sc...

An Especially Deserving Ryken Award Winner

An Especially Deserving Ryken Award Winner

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

December 13, 2018

Every year during the mass of St. Francis Xavier, the Ryken Award winner is announced. This is the highest award any faculty or staff member can receive. This year, the faculty and staff chose to give it to an especially deserving candidate, Mr. Grasso. Mr. Grasso is a 2005 Xavier graduate who has be...

Xavier and Mercy’s Anon(ymous): Captivating and Emotional

Xavier and Mercy’s Anon(ymous): Captivating and Emotional

By Laurenz Mosquito, Senior Reporter

December 3, 2018

"Where I come from"—these are the words that stick with you after seeing Xavier and Mercy's production of Naomi Iizuka's Anon(ymous). Full of potent imagery and well-placed humor, the play proves to be a relevant commentary on modern issues regarding cultural displacement, immigration, and family,...

Another Under the Radar Team: Sailing

Another Under the Radar Team: Sailing

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

November 29, 2018

  While the successful soccer team made headlines this year, another team was also doing well behind the scenes this fall, the sailing team. They recently finished 5th out of 28 at the Great Oaks Regatta in New Orleans, a national sailing championship sponsored by the All-State Sugar Bowl.   ...

A Rebuttal: Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Vote

A Rebuttal: Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Vote

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

November 4, 2018

Yes, I hear them. Voting is a fundamental aspect of one's civic duty, they say. Voting is the bedrock of democracy, they argue. Voting is the only way to address tyranny, they declare. Voting is fun, they affirm. I beg to differ. In 1921, when Hitler was elected leader of the Nazi party by a demoralizing...

In Defense of Voting and Democracy

In Defense of Voting and Democracy

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

November 1, 2018

It is not only true that voting actually matters but it also necessary for the country to function. But before we get to the major impact of one person’s vote, we have to see the impact of voting in general. Voting is the only way for a democracy to function. Voting keeps politicians accountable. It...

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