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Jazz makes history

Nicole Hassenstab, A&E Writer

March 7, 2018

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Jazz Band One (JBO) started their competition season in late February, but the group is already setting large goals and making history along the way. JBO made Xavier history on February 17 when they achieved the first ever first place finish in a jazz contest in the school’s history at the Tallcorn Jazz Festival at the University of Northern Iowa. They began their season at the state festival, where they earned a division I rating, followed by three consecutive wins at...

Black Panther

Kathleen Kenney, A&E Writer

March 7, 2018

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“I have seen gods fly. I have seen men build weapons that I couldn’t even imagine,” Martin Freeman, as Everett K. Ross in Black Panther, said. “I have seen aliens drop from the sky. But I have never seen anything like this.” Black Panther is a fun and enthralling movie based on the Marvel comic series. It follows a fictitious African country, Wakanda, and its newly crowned king, T’Challa, who is portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. T’Challa, who is also the Black...

Show choir comes to a close

Show choir comes to a close

March 7, 2018

Seniors competed as members of the Xavier show choirs for the last time on Saturday, February 25 at Marion’s Masquerade competition. Both Xhilaration and Xuberance finished the season with a bang, earning first place in their respective divisions. Additi...

Cartoon Student Circus

Cartoon Student Circus

February 20, 2018

Newbo enters the festival scene

Newbo enters the festival scene

February 20, 2018

This August, the Newbo district will host a new festival called Newbo Evolve. The festival will start on Friday, August 3 and go until Sunday, August 5. The festival will include several sessions on varying subjects. These sessions will include dance,...

Streaming changes

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

February 20, 2018

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Every month brings new changes to Netflix and Hulu. In March, there is only one well-known show leaving the Netflix library, and no movies. There are twelve lesser-known shows leaving, which all have only one season. This may be a sign of the shows not garnering the ratings and views Netflix wants. The one well-known show leaving Netflix is Disney’s Lab Rats. The show has four seasons and has generally been well-received by critics. There will be quite a few new additi...

Moonrise Kingdom takes a risk

Keaton Maier, A&E Editor

February 20, 2018

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When compiling lists of classic movies, many critics pass over films from the current decade, claiming that modern movies have diminished in quality and cannot compare to those of the past. However, I assert that modern films consistently rank among the best of all time. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is hard to ignore as a modern classic and has earned a spot on my personal must-watch list. Moonrise Kingdom shares a story about the adventures and relationship ...

Xavier Dance Team takes national stage

Xavier Dance Team takes national stage

February 20, 2018

After months of practice and hours of hard work, the Xavier Dance Team competed at the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida on February 2-4. The team headed into nationals after a successful regular season, where the girls won a second...

Xavier student explores local opportunities

Xavier student explores local opportunities

February 6, 2018

Xavier students are involved in many extracurricular activities, but freshman Lucas Lowder was involved in a very unique activity this January. Lowder took part in the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater’s production of Puccini’s Turandot at the Paramount Theate...

Jazz band starts season strong

Jazz band starts season strong

February 6, 2018

While Xavier students can be very busy, some have decided to give of their limited time to be involved in Xavier Jazz Band. On Monday January 22, Xavier Jazz Band One received a Division I rating at the State Jazz Festival. They received scores of...

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