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Charity: A Xaverian Quality

By Dominick Delaney, Writer

January 30, 2020

Every year, the National Honor Society hosts a charity drive for Christmas. As announced by Ms. Vitale, the funds of this December's drive were donated to St. Jude's Research Hospital. The NHS has sponsored a charity drive for 35 years, of which 18 years have been spent under the guidance of NHS moderator,...

A Beginner’s Guide to 5G

A Beginner’s Guide to 5G

By Aidan Higgins, Assistant Editor

January 9, 2020

Unless you rely strictly on the Xavier Kestrel as the only reliable source for world news (a sensible and commendable choice, I would say), you very well may have heard or seen some mention of "5G," the fabled fifth generation of mobile broadband that, according to legend (and the decree of tech moguls),...

When the Facts Don’t Agree With Your Opinions: Social Psychology and Sociobiology in Today’s World

When the Facts Don’t Agree With Your Opinions: Social Psychology and Sociobiology in Today’s World

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

December 25, 2019

In today’s digital era, social media makes it easier than ever to obtain a balanced news coverage, given that both liberal and conservative news sources are readily available at our fingertips. Nonetheless, the data illustrate that, rather than adopt more moderate opinions as a consequence of exposure...

A Promising Future for the Xavier Crew Team

A Promising Future for the Xavier Crew Team

By Hyun Lee, Assistant Reporter

November 25, 2019

The Xavier Crew Team is currently in a period of rebuilding. Two years ago, in the spring of 2017, the varsity eight boat met widespread success under the guidance of Mr. Peter Belmonte, the former crew coach. That year, the varsity eight secured an outstanding 12-1 record and won not only the Mahoney...

We Need to Start Caring More about New Mothers

We Need to Start Caring More about New Mothers

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

November 22, 2019

Earlier this year, a Google employee released a memo titled "I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave and Here is Why," alleging that Google had been a hotbed of pregnancy discrimination [1]. Such internal criticism about motherhood bias in Silicon Valley is hardly new; it took until the complaint...

Opinion: Hong Kong Is Proof That We Need the 2nd Amendment Now More Than Ever

Opinion: Hong Kong Is Proof That We Need the 2nd Amendment Now More Than Ever

By Aidan Higgins, Assistant Editor

November 11, 2019

"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution for the United States, perhaps the document's most controversial and frequently discussed article, guarantees the Am...

High on Grammies

High on Grammies

November 7, 2019

Since 1963, Xavier High School has taught numerous students the virtues of respect, honesty, dedication, and heavy metal. While that last virtue seems quite disconnected, Des Kensel, a Xavier alumnae, recently won the 2019 Grammy for Best Metal Performance with his band High on Fire. I was fortunate...

Education’s Struggle against Critical Thinking

Education’s Struggle against Critical Thinking

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 27, 2019

From the onset of our educational journeys, we fall victim to a paradox: on one hand, we are free to explore all possible answers to an open-ended question, as each provides a different insight. On the other hand, we often believe that there is but one right answer; when expressing a personal interpretation,...

Putting a Price on the Priceless

Putting a Price on the Priceless

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 19, 2019

When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico City, it had been a flourishing Aztec metropolis known as Tenochtitlán, an oasis situated on an artificial island in the Lago de Texcoco. Knowing the cultural value of this pinnacle of Aztec engineering, the conquistadors razed the city and abandoned the dikes...

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Gerardi

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Gerardi

By Aidan Higgins and Rob Mullins

October 17, 2019

With Mr. St. George assuming the role of Academic Dean and the departure of French teacher Ms. Lataille, Xavier hired two new teachers in the English and Foreign Language departments for the 2019-2020 school year. The Kestrel received the opportunity to interview Ms. Gerardi, a new addition to Xavier's...

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

1. Experiment with different methods of studying There is a stark difference in the workload of a middle-schooler and that of a Xavier student. If a Xavier freshman wishes to succeed academically, he must compensate for this difference and learn how to maximize the effectiveness of his studying. Personal...

The Egg

The Egg

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the reader reads The Egg prior to reading this article. “Treat others as you would treat them if they were you…for they very well may be.” In essence, this is Andy Weir’s The Egg, a short story that offers an unorthodox explanation of the nature of humanity...

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