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Bill 206 stirs controversy in NCAA

Hope Schulte, News Writer

October 24, 2019

A controversial    discussion  about the line between amateurism and professionalism takes a new turn.  A new law puts California at the center of the playing field in the national debate on whether college athletes should be paid for the use of their representation. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed State Senate Bill 206 into law on September 30, while appearing on LeBron James’s show, “The Shop: Uninterrupted”.  The law will allow college athletes ...

Climate strikes close to home

Michele Barnum, News Writer 

October 24, 2019

The Earth rotates around the sun all day, every day with no change. However, the Earth’s climate continues to change. Throughout this year, 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been traveling the world and promoting climate strikes in order to improve the Earth.  Thunberg started her activism in August 2018 by striking outside of Swedish parliament to call for better action on global warming. She began having weekly walkouts on Fridays to get more people inv...

Havermann helping out the Hansens

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

October 24, 2019

At  only  two  years  old, Tobin Grace Hansen has already faced some of life’s toughest trials.  Tobin Grace Hansen is suffering from Canavan Disease, a genetically progressive childhood brain disease. Canavan Disease causes Tobin to miss a gene that is responsible for breaking down an acid in her brain. By not having this gene, the acid is deteriorating her brain’s white matter. She has been suffering from this since she was four months old.   Senior Megan...

Respecting life at every moment

Ella Schulte, News Writer

October 24, 2019

The month of October is often associated with Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness, but it is also recognized by the Catholic Church as Respect Life Month. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), October is a month meant to remind many that it is important to set aside time to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. This month, a large banner and 4,000...

Embracing culture at Festival Latino

Hope Schulte, News Writer

October 8, 2019

Authentic food, music, clothing and dance. These aspects of celebration came to downtown Cedar Rapids on September 15 during the eighth annual Festival Latino. Xavier High School students participated for the first time in the Festival Latino. Festival Latino was a part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started on  September 15 and ends on October 15. The Young Parents Network (YPN) was one of the main groups sponsoring the event. YPN focu...

Brothers on and off the field

Libby Arnold , Sports Editor

October 8, 2019

A sibling bond is something special that cannot be replaced. The Volk brothers have that special bond and they all share a common passion: football. Senior Josh Volk, junior Ryan Volk and freshman Ben Volk all are a part of the Xavier football program.  “Football has always been a big part of our lives,” Ryan said. “It has taught us a lot of life lessons.” All three brothers are following in the footsteps of their dad, Ed Volk, who played football at Coe C...

Embracing culture at Festival Latino

Hope Schulte, News Writer

October 8, 2019

Authentic food, music, clothing and dance. These aspects of celebration came to downtown Cedar Rapids on September 15 during the eighth annual Festival Latino. Xavier High School students participated for the first time in the Festival Latino. Festival Latino was a part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started on  September 15 and ends on October 15. The Young Parents Network (YPN) was one of the main groups sponsoring the event. YPN focu...

Journalist gone too soon

Ella Schulte, News Writer

October 8, 2019

A mother, a wife and a pioneer who was gone too soon.  According to ABC, American journalist Mary “Cokie” Roberts passed away on Tuesday, September 17 at the age of 75 due to complications resulting from breast cancer.  Roberts possessed the qualities of both a professional and feminist, as she was unapologetically herself amidst a field mainly driven by men.  “I knew of Cokie Roberts from Morning Edition on National Public Radio (NPR) when I was growing up, and later some of her news arti...

Saint steps up to serve

Michele Barnum, News Writer

October 8, 2019

An important Xavier tradition is continuing this year. Senior Elizabeth Tanko is raising money for Mary’s Meals, a global movement designed to provide help to those in extreme poverty in some of the poorest countries. Tanko has decided to lead Mary’s Meals at Xavier to distribute meals for students in poverty so they can focus on education instead of  hunger. Many students are more likely to attain an education because they are able to receive at least one meal a...

So fear not

Ella Schulte, News Writers

September 24, 2019

180 days. Each August, students and faculty are reminded of the fact that they have precisely 180 days to make the most out of their time spent as Xavier Saints throughout the school year. For students, these 180 days are determined by the hierarchy of high school, as one makes their way from freshman year to senior release. For teachers, these 180 days are filled with taking attendance, signing hall passes and entering grades into Canvas. Per usual, the theme for...

Winter brings heat

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Editor

September 18, 2019

New season, new team, same mindset. The Xavier girls’ volleyball team still has the same goal as last season: be the first volleyball team at Xavier to win a state championship.  “We want to be the first volleyball team to hang a state championship banner,” Head Coach Austin Filer said. “It is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, to get to where we want to be.” The Saints lost five seniors from last year’s team and have five new players in their rotatio...

Keep on Keeping up

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

September 18, 2019

Since before I can even remember, I’ve never not watched KUWTK.  For those of you who aren’t avid fans, the acronym stands for the infamous show otherwise known as Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  So it’s safe to assume I’ve always kept up.  Whether that be planning out my weeks to come in an overpriced Lily Pulitzer agenda (in order to have time to watch the show), reaching the bottom of my Instagram feed almost every night or scrolling through the ...

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