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Tanning is out, your skin is in

Morgan Ross, Opinion Writer

January 4, 2016

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Melanoma. Most people, especially teenagers, see this word and think, “Oh, it’s just skin cancer, no big deal.” However, it is a huge deal. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and the leading cause of this deadly disease is the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and tanning beds. Did you know that people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent? With tanning salons starting to outnumber...

Lessons from Buddy the elf

Ellie Meyer, News Writer

January 4, 2016

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“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup!” Eating like an elf may not have been the smartest idea I learned from the children’s movie Elf, but it has taught me a few more lessons that have, thankfully, stuck with me throughout many years. The movie has many hidden meanings, and many of us could benefit from them. It may just seem like a fun holiday movie, but if you look a little closer, you might learn a few elf...

Independence is bliss

Independence is bliss

December 7, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I decided to go to my second home, Coffeesmiths, to work on homework in a different environment. When I sat down at a table, by myself, the barista asked me if I was meeting someone. I laughed and said, “Nope, just me.” A year...

Lessons from Xavier

Stephanie Wehr, Opinion Writer

October 30, 2015

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The walls of Xavier weren’t built just to teach students how to solve for x, how our government passes a bill, what the Council of Nicea was, or the definition of iambic pentameter. At Xavier, we are blessed to have the opportunity to talk about God every day. We are blessed to get opportunities to deepen our faith and relationships with other people and God. The walls of Xavier that we are confined in for six hours and fifty-five minutes a day are a blessing. We get to...

Edit with care

Nick Drahozal, Opinion Writer

October 30, 2015

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Whenever I log onto Instagram, I see people who do not look like themselves in real life. This is because they overedit their photos. I don’t understand why they do this. Why would you edit yourself to the point of being unrecognizable? It’s obvious when people overedit their photos, especially if they do a bad job. How did your body transform into a model’s overnight? Is it that new workout called Photoshop Pro? If you want real results, then hit the gym. While you’re...

Caramel apples: a complicated combination

Caramel apples: a complicated combination

October 30, 2015

Around this time of year, I scroll through my Pinterest feed and see everything there is to see about fall. I see a ton of treats to make, especially foods that are popular during this time of year. According to Pinterest, you can make over 50 treats...

Freshman, freshman, don’t be shy!

Freshman, freshman, don’t be shy!

October 1, 2015

There’s a certain rush of adrenaline I feel every Friday night when the football players run onto the field. As they break through that banner, our student section begins uproaring. We scream different vowels for long periods of time while the front ro...

Xavier teachers go #TheXtraMile

Xavier teachers go #TheXtraMile

September 30, 2015

As I was sitting in Sacraments class, we were discussing the subject of sacramental people. Sacramentality is "making the invisible God visible in our world." In being a sacramental person, you are a living sign of the invisible God and you are also abl...

Kairos: God’s Time

Kairos: God’s Time

September 30, 2015

Kairos. That one word causes more emotions in the Xavier community than any other in our vocabulary. For most seniors who went on the retreat, that word brings back memories and stories that can be told for years. For juniors, that word is followed wit...

Stepping into senior year

Stepping into senior year

September 18, 2015

“I hope senior year goes by fast”, “I can’t wait for college”, “I need to get out of this school”. These are only a few of the many negative statements that I have heard regarding our last year of high school. I will admit I’m often guilty...

Letter to the freshmen

Letter to the freshmen

September 18, 2015

My dearest Freshmen/Freshies/Fresh Meat, Welcome to Xavier! I am so excited for you as you embark on the journey of high school and begin your year of firsts. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times, but before you know it, you’ll be...

Don’t go to Mass, celebrate it

Don’t go to Mass, celebrate it

September 18, 2015

Beginning my third year at Xavier, I can confidently say one of my favorite aspects of our school is the ability to gather together and participate in Mass. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or senior, popular or not, or what your faith background...

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