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A hot scandal

Michele Barnum, News Writer

March 11, 2020

Hot Pockets: a staple of American childhood. This name is now tarnished because of Michelle Janavs’s involvement in the college admission scandal. Janavs, the heiress of Hot Pockets, was sentenced to prison for her role in the college admission scandal. Janavs admitted to bribing $300,000 for her two daughters to get into the University of Southern California (USC), according to CNN.com. Janavs’ father and uncle created the snack back in 1983, and used her inheritance to...

40 year case comes to a close

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

March 11, 2020

After 40 years, a case is closed. On Monday, February 24, 2020, Jerry Lynn Burns wasconvicted of first-degree murderconcerning the death of Michelle Martinko, who was 18 at the time of the crime. Martinko was stabbed to death in the parking lot of Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids on December 19, 1979. Burns was arrested at his business in Manchester, Iowa, on December 19, 2018, exactly 39 years after Martinko had been killed. He pleaded not guilty to the charge...

Send America to the moon

Ella Schulte, News Writer

March 11, 2020

When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, he uttered a series of words which would soon become coveted by a nation that is founded upon the belief that there always was and will always be something more to life than just the parts of it that are currently accessible.  Moreover, Armstrong stated, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Although history was made on July 20, 1969, at the time that Armstrong first came into contact wit...

Healing hands

Hope Schulte, News Writer

March 11, 2020

Illnesses can come at differentstages or forms in life, but God’s healing and love are forever. This was the message at the Mental Health Awareness Mass that took place on Wednesday, March 4 in the Ron ThillenGymnasium. This was the firstschool Mass at Xavier High School with a focus on mental health. Since mental health awareness is an important topic, the Mass was created to show that faith can be a source of strength, compassion and healing. The collecti...

Magic city bus

Hope Schulte, News Writer

February 28, 2020

The wheels on the bus go round and round, especially for students in Cedar Rapids. Students that attend theCedar Rapids CommunitySchool District (CRCSD),Kirkwood Community College or Coe College are now eligible for year-round, nocost rides on all fixedroute buses that are operated by Cedar Rapids Transit. In order to qualify for a free ride, high school and college students must show their school ID. Free rides are also available in the evening until 6:15 p.m...

Brexit: one month later

Cate Tucker, News Editor

February 28, 2020

It is never too late for a change, even after 47 years. On Friday, January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union (infamously called Brexit, a play on words for Britain exiting the European Union), a controversial subject that has been talked aboutsince the official withdrawalprocess was placed into action on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union consisting of 27 states that are mainly located in Europe...

Saints take on BPA state

Michele Barnum, News Writer

February 28, 2020

“Giving purpose to potential.” This tagline is a staple in Business Professionals of America (BPA). From Sunday, February 16 to Tuesday, February 18, 50 students from Xavier High School competed at the Iowa Spring Leadership Conference in Des Moines. This conference hasdifferent competitions includingcomputerized events, optional open events, judged events and team events. Each competition hasdifferent levels of difficulty and skill. Senior Kate Hessman comp...

Will you accept this rose?

Ella Schulte, News Writer

February 18, 2020

The phrase, “Will you accept this rose?”, is most commonly associated with ABC’s “The Bachelor”, yet it is argued that in today’s society, there are much more poignant circumstances involving the deliberate act of giving and taking, playing not with heartstrings, but rather heartbeats. Poet Jagtar Singh Dhiman once said, “Choose what helps your heart bloom,” but what about those who cannot choose? On Wednesday, January 22, festivities ...

Coronavirus hits

Michele Barnum, News Writer

February 18, 2020

Something new is taking over the Earth and it is not positive. The coronavirus is the newest epidemic to plague the world and is a part of the novel coronavirus family that originated with animals. The infection started in Wuhan, China with people who worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the center of the city. The biggest issue with the virus is that it causes pneumonia. Those that have been diagnosed with the disease are rep...

Seasonal service

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2020

It may be cold outside but work is still being done for others. In the months of January and February, service projects, including the Cold War and candy grams took place. From Tuesday, January 21 to Monday, January 27, the ColdWar was a donation effort put onby the Xavier Health Club. In an attempt to get as many donations as possible for this winter clothing drive, Health Club decided to create a competition between Xavier students and students attending one o...

NASA intern finds new planet

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2020

Internships can lead to many discoveries, both in and out, of this world. While interning at NASA over the summer of 2019, Wolf Cukier, a teenager from Scarsdale, New York, discovered a new planet. Although it was only his third day, Cukier worked under the leadership of scientist Veselin Kostov at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland when he made this discovery. This was not the first time Cukier had worked with NASA. Under NASA aerospace technology ...

Royal-tea drama

Michele Barnum, News Writer

January 31, 2020

Changes are happening in Europe and some people are royally upset. On Wednesday, January 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, announced that they were giving up their royal titles and state funding. They wanted tobecome financially independentwhile still supporting Queen Elizabeth II. They also plan to split their time between North America and England. The last time someone was to step down from the throne was in 1936. Edwar...

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