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Timeless traditions

Hope Schulte, News Writer

May 13, 2020

No matter the circumstances, the ways of uniting as a community last forever, even if they happen to be virtually. Two of Xavier High School’s long-lasting traditions, prom and senior retreat, took place virtually in the month of May because of the global pandemic.  Prom was held Saturday, May 2, and the livestream was shared on Xavier's Facebook and school website. It included a virtual grand march, the coronation of the prom king and queen, chances to win prizes from ...

The road less traveled

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

April 27, 2020

U of I, ISU and UNI. These abbreviations are at times associated with university programs like Big Ten and All-American. “The bigger, the better,” but, is it? Unlike four-year colleges, trade schools are designed to quickly prepare and equip students for their future occupations with post-secondary training regarding specific fields. Offering direct access to a variety of degrees, these schools get students out into the workforce typically eight months to two years after th...

Saintlike service

Hope Schulte, News Writer

April 27, 2020

St. Francis de Sales once said, “It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.” In this time of uncertainty, Xavier Saints are using their time, talents and treasures and doing what they know how to do best: helping those in need in the community. These acts of service range from efforts to spread kindness with Saints of Service (SOS), reaching out to parents and students and continuing faith-filled opportunities. Sa...

Holy Week is halted

Anna Schenkel, News Assistant Editor

April 27, 2020

All across the globe, Catholic churches were forced to change the Easter services they have been accustomed to over time due to COVID-19. After much deliberation, the Roman Vicar Angelo De Donatis announced on March 8 that churches in Rome were closed to tourists, but some were to remain open in specific places for the faithful following a restriction given by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to close most public places in Rome. Pope Francis urged people to cont...

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To new beginnings

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

April 2, 2020

Wildfires in Australia and California, mass shootings in U.S. cities and counties and COVID-19, spreading all across the globe. This is the year: 2020. As daily routines and lives are impacted by developments and events in society, some things stay the same. According to Google, Easter is defined as “a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.”   For centuries, the religious significance behind Easter Day has remained, as Ch...

Big players and big titles

Michele Barnum, News Writer

April 2, 2020

The University of Iowa continues to gain recognition in more ways than one. Junior, Luka Garza and senior, Kathleen Doyle, have both been announced as Big Ten Conference Players of the Year. They received this title on March 2 after both having successful seasons in men’s and women’s basketball. Garza is the starting center player for the men’s basketball team at Iowa, and is the first male athlete to receive this award in 52 years. He was voted for this award by the ...

Light it up blue

Hope Schulte, News Writer

April 2, 2020

Unity can take place in unique and hidden places around the world. The thirteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2. The theme this year is to “Light It Up Blue” and show support to those who are affected by autism. According to NationalToday.com, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder marked by behavioral and communicational affections, which impact one’s ability to manage social interactions, which also causes restricted and repe...

Coronavirus updates

Anna Schenkel, News Writer

April 2, 2020

Headline: COVID-19 causes chaos History is being made all around the world. COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, has spread to 200 countries and territories in the world as of Monday, March 30. According to Worldometer, a website that provides statistics from extensive research and data, 770,165 cases have been discovered worldwide, and out of that number, 36,938 people have died so far, while 160,243 have successfully recovered. Each country affected...

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...

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