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Addressing Climate Change: Changing a Culture

Addressing Climate Change: Changing a Culture

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

December 13, 2018


Filed under Opinions, World News

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...

Uconn Basketball: Hurleymania Starting Strong

Uconn Basketball: Hurleymania Starting Strong

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Sports

November 15th, 2018, This was the day that I started to believe in Hurleymania. Uconn Basketball had beaten Syracuse who at the time was ranked 15 in the country. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. The team was looking so much better compared to the last two years. That made me excited to see wha...

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


Filed under A&E Reviews, News, Opinions, Student Life

"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,...

Baby Killing or Termination of Pregnancy? Loaded Language in Our World

Baby Killing or Termination of Pregnancy? Loaded Language in Our World

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

November 28, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Pro-choice or Pro-death? Pro-life or Pro-Birth? Inappropriate Contact or Rape? Pro-marriage equality or Anti-traditional marriage? In today’s world, hyper-politicization has resulted in the use of loaded language to manipulate the reader into agreeing with the author. These examples regarding gay m...

A Rebuttal: Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Vote

A Rebuttal: Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Vote

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Advice, Opinions, VS, World News

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


Filed under Advice, News, Opinions, Student Life, uncategorized, VS, World News

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...

Don’t worry about this November’s election

Don’t worry about this November’s election

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Advice, Opinions, uncategorized, VS

Regardless of your party affiliation, you have likely been overwhelmed by the onslaught of imploring reporters and fervent politicians highlighting the value of voting, especially considering that millions of people live in countries in which they cannot vote. Desperate to win the election, these politicians,...

Zebra Mussels: A Warning Tale

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

October 14, 2018


Filed under Opinions, World News

A ship begins the arduous journey from Istanbul in along the Black Sea, filling its ballasts with water to maintain its balance. Inflated with water, the ship voyages to ports along North America, burrowing deep into the Great Lakes. There it releases its full ballasts, releasing countless species i...

Uconn Football: Why? Just Why?

Uconn Football: Why? Just Why?

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Sports

For anyone who didn’t know, I wrote an article last year about Randy Edsall’s return to UConn football and my excitement for the next couple of years. Oh, how the times have changed. I tried. I tried to be optimistic, but I just can’t do it anymore. UConn football has been so disappointing over...

CT Governor’s Race Voting Guide

CT Governor’s Race Voting Guide

By Eric Myskowski, Reporter

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, Opinions

With both the CT governor election and school mock election coming up, this is an important candidate analysis. There are two main candidates for governor, Democrat Ned Lamont, and Republican Bob Stefanowski. No other candidate is above 10 percent in polling. Bob Stefanowski is a self-made businessman....

The Ten Commandments of Success – Advice for Incoming Freshmen

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Advice, Opinions, Student Life, uncategorized

As the school year begins and you must adjust from middle-school life, many of you freshmen may be worried about both your academic and extracurricular life at Xavier. To help, I have compiled a list of helpful tricks I have learned thus far in my Xavier career that pertain to general life at Xav...

Putting Prepositions at the End of Sentences: A Stylistic Choice or an Error?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

April 24, 2018


Filed under Opinions, uncategorized, World News

This question, whether one can place prepositions at the end of sentence, has ruffled grammarians for the past century, pitting modernists against traditionalists. It is highly loaded question, one that affects other hazy aspects of grammar. To discover the answer and the reason why many scholars argue...

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