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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...

So that it “can’t be erased”

Ella Schulte, News Writer

January 31, 2020

According to Google, leading by leaving a legacy is an achievement reservedspecifically for those who are accredited with havingexceeded expectations. Moreover, the phrasehall of fame is defined asan institution honoring theachievements of individuals in a particular activity or field. On Friday, January 31, Joe Bedard (X07), Corey Starry (L93), Hannah Stolba (X00) andJim Victor (R64), who passed away in 2018, will all be inducted into the Xavier Hall of Fame. ...

DWTS heads into fifth season

Hope Schulte, New's Writer

January 22, 2020

A night of dancing, entertainment and support for Xavier education. The fifth annual Dancing with the Saints will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the DoubleTree  by Hilton Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids, filled with alumni and supporters of Xavier High School. This year over 1,100 attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the evening and donate money towards Xavier. Donations are raised through ticket sales and by voting for the 10 couples competing; each coup...

The way to move forward

Ella Schulte, New's Writer

January 22, 2020

A CNBC headline that reads “Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ tour drives more than ticket sales as fans register to vote in record numbers,” commercial breaks consisting solely of campaign ads regarding the 2020 election cycle and 38 seconds into Fifth Harmony’s lead single “Boss” all have one thing in common, politics.  On Monday, February 3, 2020, caucuses will be held throughout the state of Iowa at a variety of public venues, such as local high school g...

United States and Iran tensions rise

Michele Barnum, New's Writer

January 22, 2020

The want for world peace becomes even greater in dark times.  On Friday, January 3, 2020, the United States government issued an airstrike in Baghdad in the attempt to defend the U.S. troops stationed in the region. This resulted in the  killing of the head of Iran’s military, Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy of the Popular Mobilization Units. Now, tensions between Iran and the United States are at a new high.  Esmail Ghaani, who replaced Soleim...

ACT allowing retakes sparks debate

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

January 22, 2020

2020 brings many changes into the world, but one in particular will affect high school students across America. On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the ACT announced it would begin to let students retake specific subject areas of the test instead of making students retake all five sections, including the optional writing section, as they have in previous years. Effective in September of 2020, this change will only apply to students who have already taken the entire ACT test at...

Blood for a cause

Michele Barnum, News Writer

December 19, 2019

Christmas is the time of giving. That is exactly why people are donating their blood for others this holiday season. Xavier High School and Kennedy High School have an annual blood drive battle to try and see who can donate the most blood for those in need. This took place on December 9 and 10 this year. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center provides locations for people to donate blood throughout certain areas of the Midwest. Each year, Xavier and Kennedy...

Beautifully broken

Ella Schulte, News Writer

December 19, 2019

If only, we had known the signs. “I’ve never really forgotten what it was like to be a teen. I actually cried when I turned 18 because I didn’t think I was going to live that long.” Those were the words spoken by Iowa licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Brandon Wall on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the “Supporting My Student’s Mental Health” parent information event held in Xavier’s Regis-LaSalle Theater. All K-12 Xavier ...

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