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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 ...

North Pole events near here

Cody Clemenson, A&E Multimedia Specialist

December 19, 2019

The winter season is here and that means one thing most students love to hear: no school. But, how to spend those winter break days is different for every person and there are many ways to do it around Cedar Rapids. From beautiful mansion visits to fun visits with Santa, there are many opportunities to get out of the house this holiday season. To begin, there are chances to participate at the local Brucemore Mansion. There are activities such as Music in the Ma...

Bond over basketball

Hope Schulte, News Writer

December 19, 2019

The connections made during a high school sport have the ability to create long-lasting relationships. The 12th annual Alumni Basketball Tournament was put on by the LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Association and the Xavier Foundation on November 30 at Xavier High School. This is a fundraiser for Xavier and its mission is to support the relationships between alumni of LaSalle, Regis and Xavier. Coordinators for the event like Mary Harken, Elizabeth Wright and Brad Joens...

Anger builds in Japanese factories

Michele Barnum, News Writer

December 6, 2019

Gender inequality remains a prevailing issue throughout the world. News began to spread on November 8 about women revolting against a workplace eyeglasses ban in Japan. Several companies, including department stores and retailers, have banned women from wearing eyeglasses in the workplace, as it gives the woman a cold demeanor and an overall less beautiful look.  Women began pointing out double standards within the workplace, stating how men are allowed to wear glasse...

Snow many missed days

Hope Schulte, News Writer

December 6, 2019

Waking up and hearing a parent say it is a snow day in a quiet, hushed tone will often make a high school student fall back asleep, until they realize this would be the third day in a row of studying for a science test that might be the next day. Last year, Xavier High School had nine snow days and nine early outs or late arrivals due to the winter weather. Xavier already had its first two hour delay of the school year on November 11 and Cedar Rapids also documented record...

Northwestern under fire

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

December 4, 2019

Some things, sometimes, are better left unsaid.  “My  intention  as a photojournalist and as a reporter is never to hurt anyone, to cause any additional trauma, to manipulate stories.” photojournalist Colin Boyle said. Boyle is a  student at Northwestern University, who took photos of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who came to the Northwestern University College Republican event to speak. Students were protesting his presence on campus by gathering outside ...

The road home

Ella Schulte, News Writer 

December 4, 2019

“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8  On Wednesday, November 20 the Xavier community gathered together in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium to commemorate the lives of XHS faculty, alumni and special friends who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection as part of the annual Thanksgiving & Memorial Mass. Presided by St. Ludmila’s Father Kenneth Glaser, the homily touched ...

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