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No, thank YOU

Taylor Scallon, Photo Editor & Cover Design

February 18, 2020

In today’s day and age, students do not seem to go to school to expand their knowledge but only to strive for the ‘self-defining’ grade. This mindset can be harsh on our health, happiness and confidence. On the bright side, Xavier isfilled with an endless amountof resources to help us improveall aspects of our lives. We haveXcel Hour for work time, Campus Ministry and a chapel with opendoors to grow in our faith. We have a library filled with an...

Blessed

Britt Bowersox, Opinion Assistant Editor

February 18, 2020

You are blessed. By being able to open up this newspaper in a most likely heated building and read these articles, you are blessed. By having an opportunity to voice your opinion protected by the Billof Rights in the United States of America, you are blessed. Currently, the United Nations records that there are 775 million people in the world who are illiterate and 152 million children that are following in their footsteps by working to feed their familiesinste...

Get to Mass

Emma Stadelmann, Opinion Writer

February 18, 2020

When I was just a wee little thing, I was thoroughly convinced that attending Mass once a week was quite enough, thank you very much. It wasn’t until I was in my sophomore year that I discovered the benefits of attending Daily Mass. Since then, Daily Mass has become a priority in my summer schedule. You may be wondering how a high school sophomore is suddenlyinspired to go to more church stuff. Simple! They do it for the samereason most teenagers d...

Three words, eight letters

Virginia Russell, Opinion Writer

February 18, 2020

Words matter. If you had one chance to tell a loved one something for the last time, what would you say? Rainbow sticky notes from best friends sit peeling in a kindergarten t-shirts slapped with tiny handprints are shoved away in a musty drawer. Wedding pearls, macaroni necklaces and family recipes stay packed away in boxes throughout the house. All mementos of love that have been placed politely aside over time. In another house, there are train tracks...

Dear adult me,

Ellie Tanko, Opinion Editor

February 18, 2020

Please don’t forget the time we screamed all the way through three states. Don’t forget the time we swore we could do pull ups from a shower curtain rod. Don’t ever dare to forget the play ground fights we started and finished (emphasis on the finished part). But most of all, don’t forget our propensity to fall in love. To fall in love with ideas. Thoughts that make our brain tick, move and twinge. Thoughts that kept us up at night and woke ...

Doing the most

Jack Renning, Opinion Writer

February 18, 2020

They spot it from far away with its bright colors catching their eyes. It’s a large colorful funnel. It’s a big bucket. Both come with names attached and a small plea to give to those in need. At the funnel, they insert some loose change and watch it spiral around in a mesmerizing pattern until itfinally goes down into the centerwith an unceremonious ping. With the bucket, they also hand over their spare change, but this time it is simply placed in...

Real-world learning

Riley Cornelius, Opinion Writer

January 31, 2020

The phrase,“field trip,”has a childish connotation, hear it and you think elementary or middle school. But why is high school not associated with field trips? In elementary school, it felt likewe had a field trip at least once ayear, if not more than that. Then in middle school, there was barely one field trip in one year. As a junior, I have had only two field trips in high school so far and that is only because I signed up for a specific extra curr...

Sing along to Disney

Maddie Serbousek, Opinion Writer

January 31, 2020

Many people love Disney music. It’s practically impossible not  to, considering Disney owns everything from Star Wars to Marvel and all of the iconic Disney princesses. Whether or not you prefer the Star Wars series or the classic 90s Disney movies, just about everyone can agree with me when I state that Disney music is amazing. Now coming from someonewho doesn’t usually sing out loud, unlessI’mintheshoweroralonein my car, I can’t resi...

Those in the stands

Jack Renning, Opinion Writer

January 31, 2020

They move forward as though they are in slow motion, focusing intensely on their movements. They eye their goal up ahead and push a little harder, moving their arms and legs in perfect synchronization, falling back on all their many hours of practice. They feel a sense of excitement, as they are now only mere moments from the end. It has all come down to this, theymake a final movement and it’s finished. They’ve done it, they’ve made the goal, fi...

Prey are the women of the prairies

Ellie Tanko, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2020

In a dimly lit room, she opens her worn eyes to see there are four other people. She can’t tell whether she’s the only one who heard it or whether the others heard it too. To her grim surprise, the women look around with eyes so large there can’t be another explanation. The words descend upon them. “Only one will go unharmed. Only one.” They each look around to the next, sizing the next one up. “Maybe she would get herself into troubl...

For yourself

Rachel Schneider, Opinion Writer

January 31, 2020

For a long time, women have worn makeup. Whether that is for fancy weddings or to chill at home, women in general tend to wear makeup. Makeup is such a cool thing and you can be so creative with it. That’s why it hurts me when people say that makeup is only meant to impress someone or a group of people. I remember when I first started to wear makeup in middle school and I loved it. My mom introduced me to a little thing called mascara and I was obsessed fro...

Write your story

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

January 31, 2020

Externally, I am a happy and fun 16-year-old boy. Internally, I struggle with a lot of pain caused from anxiety and bullying. We all hear the phrase, “New year, new me,” and now I am embracing that head on. I never thought I would write my story of the past year because it is something I have kept a secret from most of my friends and family. One of my former friends, who graduated, teased me about the way I danced and even made comments about how...

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